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Beyond My Résumé

web_Lisa_RoaneBy: Lisa Roane
Delta, Allegheny College
Traveling Consultant

Being halfway through my second year as a chapter consultant, I reflect on my time and struggle to put into words all of the experiences that I’ve had in my position. It’s been a whirlwind of traveling, recruitment, presentations, meetings with officers and lots of fun along the way. I’ve been able to experience being both a resident consultant and a traveling consultant. I’ve told more than a few people that although I’ve spent both years talking about Alpha Chi Omega a lot, it really feels like I’ve had two unique experiences that have helped me grow in different ways. As a resident, I helped a group of women who didn’t even know each other become a fully-functioning, self-governing sisterhood. As a traveler, I’m able to visit different chapters all over the country (mostly the east coast) and help them see what they are great at and where they can improve.

Both of these rewarding experiences are difficult to explain but the best way that I can tell you about my experience is by telling you what I’ll put on my résumé after having this job and what I wish I could put on my résumé about my time spent as a chapter consultant!

Things I’ll put on my résumé:

  • Consulted for a non-profit organization with over 200,000 members
  • Facilitated workshops and presentations to groups ranging from 20-200+
  • Completed multiple weekly reports on organizational management and goals, in addition to expense reporting and recommending strategies for organizational improvements
  • Recruited 200+ prospective members and student leaders to form a new organization on campus
  • Learned to travel and work independently
  • Used critical thinking skills to brainstorm solutions to situations surrounding recruitment, risk management, finances and conflict resolution
  • Built and maintained professional relationships with headquarters staff, university personnel and volunteers


Things I wish I could put on my
résumé

  • Having a plethora of consultant sisters as my support system and knowing they will always laugh at my jokes (or occasionally at me?)
  • Watching 155 women being initiated into the bond of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Connecticut
  • Building the confidence in leaders and chapter members alike to help them see what they are capable of accomplishing
  • Receiving a text from one of my officers telling me she has gotten into medical school
  • Bonding with everyone I meet over our love of food
  • Being told by a collegian that her sisters were talking about how I was a Ritual guru (LIFE GOALS!!!)
  • Hearing how glad women were that I came to visit their chapter and made an impact on them
  • Being able to take my knowledge and love of Alpha Chi Omega and share it with others

I can truly say that the skills I’ve learned and the relationships I’ve formed with my sisters – coworkers, collegians and alumnae alike – are all things I will hold on to for the rest of my life. I know there are many aspects of my résumé that will make it stand out because of my time as a consultant, but I wish it could express everything else that has made my job so meaningful and memorable. This job, this lifestyle, has allowed me to grow in ways, both professionally and personally, that I would have never imagined possible, and I can always thank Alpha Chi Omega for allowing me to seek the heights!

One Comment

  1. Heather Wilson |

    I traveled 45 years ago (dear God, how is that possible since I’m still so young?!), and would have written many of the same things! It prepared me to build community wherever I went, to be a dean of students….and to supervise a staff of women. Some things are timeless. Alpha Chi Omega is one.