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How to tailor your resume for leadership position

Yes, you get a million articles on improving your leadership skills in a simple online search. But to give a shift to your career, you should start from creating a killer resume.

Here’s an interesting insight from a survey conducted by Glassdoor. It says on an average, 250 people apply for any corporate position. Out of that 4 to 6 people are called for an interview and 1 person gets selected.You don’t need more statistics to explain the prevailing competition, do you?

So, are you planning to apply for a senior-level post? Remember these tips to build an impressive resume.

Tell the story of your career

Why you write a resume? It’s to tell your career story. So say it well, briefly and impressively. Remember, each word counts.

Give an overview of each of the job role in your resume. Clarify the context of each position change you have made in your career. Did you have a promotion with a special assignment? Or were you given a special task that was challenging enough?

Get all these details on your resume. Make each of your contributions count.

Link leadership skills

To start with, add any relevant experience you have acquired in the past on a leadership role. If you have recently completed a certification course in leadership training, add it.

Or if you have headed a non-profit for a while. Or if you have gone to a prestigious educational institution and have played a leadership role in some way. Or if you have been selected for a leadership development program. Or if you have won any accolades or appreciations in a leadership role, find space for it as well in your resume.

Quick tips to follow

Start with an executive summary that details how you have performed as a boss, and not as a team leader.

Keep your educational qualifications and alma mater at the bottom of the resume. Your hiring manager will be more enthused to know about your achievements in your previous job.

Ensure your work history shows your achievements in each of your leadership roles.

You can also use the job’s title as your resume title. It will give a perception for the resume readers that you are qualified for the job.

Let your resume speak your accomplishments loud enough so that you sweep away the competition easily!

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Stories by Rajeev Bansal