The really great thing about resumes is that you can easily develop it to look like a leader even if you don’t think you are one.
But I will tell you right now, you probably are!
Stop being so modest.
I see a lot of people stress that they weren’t Treasurer of the Debate Team or didn’t hold a leadership spot during college at your Fraternity or Sorority. Those aren’t the only ways to show your leadership on a resume, and frankly- leave captain of chess team off of your resume too!
Leadership is something you just need to dig deep and think about.
You do it on a daily basis. Did you know that?
Matter of fact, everyone has demonstrated leadership within their career or job at some point. Even if it didn’t seem like leadership to you, you can transfer that experience and translate it into a great highlight on your resume to show you took control of a situation and helped the company get ahead.
Genuine leadership is something recruiters crave. Titles are great, but how can you really demonstrate what you can do? It’s time to think outside of the box.
Have you ever provided mentorship to ANYONE?
Bet you have. This is a great aspect to bring out. A strong leader will not only push the momentum forward, but they will help enable others to do the same.
Have you ever been so frustrated about a situation at work that you did something about it?
This is the time you took an initiative to organize, plan and implement a new solution for that issue or situation. I’m not talking Office Space here… but when you can help organize a solution that everyone can work towards to solve a problem…hey, guess what- that is leadership!
Have you ever worked as part of a team?
Yea, I knew you have done that!
Whether you are in sales, or operations or have saved a company money or reduced lost inventory, the chances are, you have worked in or alongside a team in some kind of cross-functional role.
Not only does this show competence, but it shows you have the knowledge to be valuable and can use the tools you have to help delegate work to build and grow.
Leadership is not just about your past experience either. It is about how you deliver it daily.
So the question is, how can you showcase this kind of leadership on your resume?
It’s not hard, I promise. Stick with me here.
First off, these are some of my very favorite words to use on a resume to look like a leader are: