ThetaConnect is the new mobile app created for Thetas! ThetaConnect allows Thetas to connect with other Thetas in their area based on hobbies, interests, and career fields. Users are able to create and attend events in the area that fit in their schedule and that they are interested in. It is free for all Android and iOS users!
And today is ThetaConnect Day! To celebrate, share your photos and stories to social media using #ThetaConnect and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any special photos or stories to feature on our social media channels. Even if you only have time for a quick phone call to a sister you haven't seen in a while, make the call and share your story!
Some of the app features include:
Meet a Theta appears on your home page and allows you to connect with Thetas in your area with similar hobbies, interests, and career fields. Tap their profiles to see similar connections you have with them. Be sure to then add her to your contacts, to make it easier to invite her to upcoming events.
Theta Events appears on your home page and allows you to see what upcoming events are happening in your area. Tap an event that interests you to learn more about the event and to RSVP. See an event that a Theta sister would be interested in attending? If she doesn't have ThetaConnect, please send her an invite by typing in her email address.
My Events is available by tapping the red button at the top right-hand corner of your screen, called Events. Here you can create a new event, see events in your area, find the events you are going to, as well as the events you're invited to.
Please download the app today and use #ThetaConnect to post photos of your events with sisters!
Our first trips are now scheduled to the following destinations!
- Our cruise to Alaska runs from July 18-26, 2015, and is on the five-star small ship m.s. L'Austral. This smaller ship provides access into remote scenic bays and inlets that are inaccessible to larger vessels.
- Normandy, France is a land trip available Oct. 7-15, 2015. This trip provides travelers with an exclusive walk through history by visiting several different beaches, tasting Normandy's famous Calvados brandy, and touring the majestic Mont Saint-Michel.
If cruising the Alaskan seas or walking the beaches of Normandy sounds exciting to you, be sure to sign up now! The earlier you sign up, the better the price! Early booking for the Alaska cruise ends Jan. 20, 2015.
In order to learn more about our upcoming trips, visit the Theta Traveler page. Also, be sure to visit the Theta Traveler website to register, view more information about each trip, suggest a trip, find travel guides and tips, and much more.
Spouses, other family members, and friends are all more than welcome to join you. (Some trips many not be suitable for younger children, so be sure to check with the trip representative.) For more information, contact Kristi Tucker at 800-526-1870 ext. 116 or email@example.com.
In part, we do this by sharing stories, not only of impactful Fraternity programs and events, but also of individual Thetas. These stories run the gamut from amusing to heart-warming to thought-provoking, and they are always inspiring.
Whether you receive the print version of the Autumn 2014 issue of our magazine or read it online, we hope you will enjoy in-person accounts from Thetas who participated in last summer's service trip, attended the Emerging Leaders Institute, gained a global perspective through Panhellenic involvement, and overcame the lasting effects of polio.
Part of my job working in higher education involves advising and mentoring undergraduate students. Juniors and seniors want to talk about how I began to create a fulfilling, interesting, and challenging career path. They are so overwhelmed with the feeling that they have to decide right now what they are going to do for the rest of their lives, and they want advice from as many trusted individuals as are willing to share.
When I am asked about how I started my career, I without hesitation proudly share that I was blessed with the opportunity to travel all over the U.S. and Canada as an educational leadership consultant for Kappa Alpha Theta. Not everyone understands what that means, but they always ask to hear more about my experience.
Being an ELC during the 2005-2006 school year was one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs I have ever had, and likely will ever have. Not many people have the chance to work for an organization that they actually care about, but even fewer have the chance to do it while meeting intelligent, caring, and inspiring people from all over North America.
So, here's what I want to share with you:
- Being an ELC means being an advocate and educator, challenging young women to be the best versions of themselves and supporting them in campus environments that send mixed messages about what it means to be successful. ELCs have an incredible opportunity to be role models, teachers, friends, confidants, and mentors to our college members. In the process, ELCs are enhancing their own critical thinking, empathic listening, and strategic planning skills. There is a higher level of maturity, professionalism, self-efficacy, and grace that ELCs develop during their time working for the Fraternity.
- Being an ELC means doing good, engaging, challenging work.Don't be fooled by people who question whether or not traveling for your "sorority" is a "real job." Think those other jobs graduating seniors apply for are tough? Try winning over a group of 100 of your peers the first day you meet them, and then helping them change the culture of their organization by the time you leave on day five. Try being responsible for starting an organization from scratch and mentoring others to take it over in six months to a year. Being an ELC means making organization-wide decisions, building educational curriculum, leading workshops for audiences of all sizes, writing and implementing strategic plans, motivating teams, bringing together diverse people and perspectives, working with top-level administrators, and more—all in your FIRST year out of school. Most people have to wait 10 years and three promotions before being trusted to do that. But if you are ready for that now, Theta will give you that opportunity as an ELC.
- Being an ELC means developing a network of rich friendships and professional connections.Whether it's facilitating a leadership workshop for fraternity and sorority members in Boston, attending an international conference of higher education professionals in Dallas, or meeting up with a group of traveling consultants from other organizations in Los Angeles, ELCs get the chance to develop relationships with a wide variety of interesting and engaging people. One of the best types of relationships they develop is the connections with their fellow ELCs. I am certain you have read in other ELC blogs about the friendships they develop with their fellow travelers, and I echo their sentiments. My fellow ELCs have seen me through some of worst and best times of my life. They also have resumes and life histories full of accomplishments and interesting stories.
- I would not be the woman I am today with out my experience as an ELC. I mean that. I am forever indebted to the people and places planted into my life that year. I continue to grow into a better version of myself because of the learning and love they provided back then that will stay with me always.
For someone smart, talented, and eager like you, the "normal jobs" will always be there. If you are good enough to get into graduate school now, you will be an even better candidate in a year or two. Right now, you have the chance to do something different. Something that will push you, mold you, and shape you in ways you cannot imagine. Something that will most certainly be a game-changer. Apply now for the Kappa Alpha Theta ELC program, and begin what could be the journey of a lifetime.
A New York Times article recently found that "31 percent [of college admissions officers] said they had visited an applicant's Facebook or other personal social media page to learn more about them." Our social media presences are becoming part of our perception—and one that can't be ignored as online ecosystems grow. Employers and universities alike want to create communities that reflect their mission and standards, which is why it's important that prospective employees and students mirror that image. A CareerBuilder survey found that "hiring managers are using social media to get a glimpse at the candidate's behavior and personality outside of the interview, and are most interested in professional presentation and how the candidate would fit with the company culture." In fact, the survey found that 50% of employees have taken a candidate out of the running due to "provocative/inappropriate photos/info" on social media sites. And within the past year or so, we've all heard stories of employees being shown the door-promptly-after posting negative content online while at work or on behalf of the company.
So how can you navigate the ever-evolving social media sphere to stand out in a professional, yet well-rounded way? Take a look at Ragan.com's infographic for helpful tips on personal branding. Here are a few keys takeaways.
Create and maintain an online personal brand. When employers search for your name online, having consistent and well-managed social sites is incredibly important. Be sure that your Twitter handle and bio are reflective of your personality, but also professional enough that an employer wouldn't mind mentioning on their website or blog. Use your real name and a suitable photo or headshot.
Be aware of the content you publish. Ensure all public-facing content is something that you would be fine with having your parents, boss and/or professors see. Not only does this go for photos, but also negative comments or profanity in your captions, comments and feeds.
Engage with professionals online. Thousands of employers and professionals are online each and every day. Twitter, like LinkedIn, can be an especially useful platform to job search and engage with hiring managers and recruiters. Don't be afraid to reach out to industry experts and connect with them.
Share good content. Contribute to the conversations already happening! Reply to articles online that you find interesting, share blog posts or articles that you've recently read, and keep the momentum going.
Being professional and respectable online doesn't mean be boring! It simply means being cognizant of the information you're posting online. Employers and universities want to bring on board smart, positive and personable employees, and the best place to get a good sense of your personality is often online.
- Before you do anything, update your contact information on the Theta website. This is crucial so that other Thetas can find you and easily connect.
- Check out Sister Search on the Theta website. Here you can search the Fraternity database to connect with Thetas you might know. You can even see job information by clicking More Information within each member's profile.
- Search for a job that's been posted by a Theta on Betties List. Or create an ad for yourself! Keep checking back often for new postings, too.
- Contact a local alumnae group. Chapter or circle members will have connections and leads for you, so seek them out!
- View the JobBound materials, reserved especially for Thetas (login-only). The JobBound videos can help you network, dress for success, write a cover letter, and more.
- Join us on LinkedIn. More than 12,000 are connecting with each other and discussing topics. For instance, Sara Manco, Delta Eta/Kansas State, found some wonderful Thetas in the DC area and has created some lasting friendships, thanks to the LinkedIn group!
- Follow our Professional Networking board on Pinterest. We've posted lots of job-seeking and networking tips. Remember to "like" what you see!
How has Theta helped you with your career? Let us know and share your tips with other Thetas!