(Closed) Honors Society Invitation. Yay?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@angustia:  Which organization/society? Is it for your college specifically or national? Does it cost to join?

Many of the national societies are not really worth the money you sometimes have to pay to join them. Blue key and mortar board are typical ones. If it is Phi Beta Kappa, then I would do it. It is more prestigious and recognized.

Honestly, after a while, honors societies do not make a difference on your resume once you have real experience to make up for them. Certain ones may matter more in the academic world/if you go to grad school, but if you have a good GPA and good work experience, then that usually matters more.

FWIW, I joined mortar board (a waste of money) and my college’s honors society for my major (it was free and helped me graduate with distinction). Looking back, I wouldn’t have wasted the $70 to join mortar board. It was pointless. I just get email blasts from them every other month.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@angustia:  Yeah, that sounds typical. What’s the specific society?

Honestly, if you have the money and want to join, then go for it. Sometimes they do meet and greets, networking events and volunteering together. I would equate it to a mini version of a sorority to some extent.

I don’t think it would really help with job prospects in the future, especially if you are going back into the military.

Personally, I would be happy about the invite, but graciously decline.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@angustia:  Also, sometimes there are honors society scams. It happens. I would check this website first to make sure it is legit: http://www.achsnatl.org (Association of College Honors Societies)

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I would do it, especially if its a one shot fee. Honors societys are a lot of service work and fundraising, which looks AWESOME on your resume.   I would also check out and see if your school has a honors/ service  society related to your major, and make friends with the people in there.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@angustia:  I haven’t heard of it before, but it is a real honor society according to the Association of College Honors Societies.

After browsing the website, it appears to be your standard honor society. It offers opportunities to network, apply for specific scholarships and internships and put their name on your resume.

Would it make or break your resume? Honestly, probably not. Like I said before, if you have the money and want to join, go for it! Personally, I still wouldn’t. I don’t even include honor societies on my resume anymore (though I gradauted 7 years ago), but I don’t think it made me that much more competitive when I was applying for jobs.

Resumes can get cluttered and overwhelming really quickly, and HR only glances at them for a few seconds. It really is best to let your relevant work experience speak for itself and any other valueable experiences that might be applicable (degrees earned, volunteering, internships, etc).

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@angustia:  Attending an informational meeting is a great idea! While the volunteering aspect is great, you can also volunteer without paying a fee ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, it looks more impressive to volunteer regularly at an organization that means something to you than to do occassional volunteer events (1 day service trips) with an honors society.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

@angustia:  Find out who the faculty advisor is for  the major related one is.  Let them know your interested. They will give you an invite

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

It’s a bit weird that your school doesn’t pay the fee for you, but I would definitely do it if it’s a real honours society. If nothing else, it looks good and makes you feel happy – very much like any nice piece of clothing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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