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How to Write a Great Resume and Past Leadership Experience

by Jackson B

If you have any leadership experience at all, including volunteer leadership positions, you should definitely brag about it! That much more applicable to your customer service positions, in college, in community service, and so forth. I know of one CEO who credits his volunteer leadership experience with helping him land the executive position at Xerox. Talk about leverage!

Now then, I’d like to share with you some “best practices” on how to develop your leadership potential and shine during your interview for your job in business school. One thing I’d like to share with you is that the most successful CEOs had in common was they were incredibly self-confident! You should not only be confident in what you know, but you should have an air of self-confidence in what you aren’t so sure about.

What did these CEOs have in common? They had above average leadership experience, and they routinely impressed interviewers by jumping in to speak on their behalf (and being successful at doing so) – even when their initial answers did not gel well with the interviewers. So, if you’re looking to impress an interview panel, take the following tips into consideration:

If you’re really serious about getting a leadership position, think about developing some managerial skills, regardless of your current role. There are many ways to manage people, especially in larger organizations, and often it is more effective to learn some tactics from an experienced leader. Don’t worry if you haven’t had much management experience. An organization that successfully managed its staff under your leadership will likely do the same with you.

Develop specific examples of managing people beyond your role that demonstrate your abilities. For example, if you are a behavioral consultant, highlight how you helped create a job-specific behavior plan for a small consulting firm before leading a large division in charge of implementing it. You can then use examples like this to show potential recruiters that you have a history of effectively working with others to solve complicated problems.

Show your commitment to continuous improvement, regardless of the environment. Do you work well in a team environment or lead a group of people? How has your leadership experience affected the way you approach problems? If you answered “no,” then develop a specific plan on how you plan to overcome those personality styles, work well with others, and improve the way you communicate.

What about managing team members? As a manager or a leader, it’s important that you know how to manage people well. How have your leadership skills were applied to your own career? Are you able to delegate tasks and communicate effectively with other team members? If so, then put a specific example in your resume or in your work history to show how effective you are at managing people. Team members respect and trust someone who are willing to demonstrate that they have the leadership skills to effectively lead them.

Finally, don’t discount the importance of networking in your search for a new leadership position. Leadership positions often require at least one person from outside the organization reviewing the final candidate. Networking with potential candidates, attending leadership conferences, and making connections within the industry are all areas that you can tap into in order to land that perfect leadership title. After all, who better to review your case and help you find the best position than those who have had similar experiences as you?

The bottom line is that your resume should be written to emphasize your unique leadership style. Don’t simply list your education and your work history, but use these to highlight your abilities and strengths as a leader. You should also highlight one day achievements that will best represent who you are on a personal and a professional level. Here are some example leadership experience examples that can give you a good idea of how to write a powerful resume and the types of achievements you should highlight in your application:

Don’t be afraid of asking questions during an interview. Most interview panels won’t throw you out of the room if you thoroughly answer their questions about yourself and your work history. However, it’s still important to be open with potential employers. During an interview, never assume that a question you’re being asked is actually a valid question. This is where the star method comes into play!

If you’ve been a team player and a team leader, then chances are, you have some leadership experiences to add to your resume. If you were a key player on a championship winning team, then you probably have a lot of valuable team experience to add. On the other hand, if you were a key team member on a losing team, then you might not be able to include this on your application. It is important to use your past leadership experiences to paint a good picture of who you are as a future leader. This is a great example of why past leadership experience is so important!

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