Never underestimate the importance of a well-written resume. This seemingly simple or irrelevant document can land you a job interview, or even the job itself. It can mean the difference between starting off your career in your dream job or having a job at all.

It’s essential to know how to craft a resume that illustrates your knowledge and skills necessary for each job application. No longer can you go around handing in the same exact resume for different applications. Each one has to be created specifically for that job.

One of the most important things every resume should have is a trace of your leadership. Hiring managers want to see more than just your skills and knowledge. They want to see if you have that leadership potential, and aren’t afraid to take risks.

Leaderships skills usually illustrate your ability to empathize, communicate, solve problems, be creative, and innovate.

Here are five ways you can show off your leadership skills in your resume:

1.  Give Concrete Examples

List all the concrete examples where you’ve demonstrated any characteristic of a leader. Not just in theory, but in practice. If you’ve ever lead a group, or started an initiative in your previous job position or during your studies, it’s important to emphasize it.

This way, your future employer has something tangible to look at. Nobody likes to look at hypothetical claims. It’s all about keeping it real and showing your leadership skills in action.

Brian Brandt, an influencer and resume writer claims that the biggest error all applicants make in their CVs is, “wasting valuable space by featuring uninteresting and vague information and fluff under headings like Core Competencies.”

Don’t be vague. You’re not writing a poem, you’re in a battle for your dream job.

2. Name Awards and Recognition

If you have any kind of recognition for your leadership, or even an award that illustrates your leadership skills, make sure to mention them and go into detail regarding what the project was about.

You don’t need to write an inspiring novel about it, but rather focus on highlighting your key skills and what led you to be recognized. Don’t see this as bragging, but rather as simply providing evidence that you’re capable of being a leader.

3. List Your Accomplishments

A resume is the best way to display your accomplishments without seeming like you’re just showing off. But if you want to show off more than just previous projects and job positions, list accomplishments where you successfully solved a significant problem, or briefly mention how you inspired a team to successfully finish a project.

Robert Conley, a career advisor at resume writing service Careers Booster, advises all future employees to focus on adding character and personality to their resume in a professional manner. This helps to distinguish themselves from the rest of the applicants. It’s what’s going to set you apart, and inevitably land you the interview.

4. List Relevant Courses

If you’ve ever had any opportunity to work on your leadership skills and get a certificate for it, make sure to state that. For example, you might have taken a course on leadership during college or you volunteered to be the leader of a project in a community organization. Even if you think it’s not that important, your hiring manager might think otherwise.

5. Name Your Initiatives

Sure, your certificates, courses, and awards are fantastic. But how are you going to make hiring managers point at your resume and make the final decision that you’re the right person for the job? You’re going to do that by listing your initiatives.

Were you involved in any projects where you handled big change, or started your own initiative in any field? It doesn’t matter which field it was in, since importance is placed on your leadership skills, and the ability to motivate and innovate.

Illustrate how you made a difference and what kind of influence that experience had on your skills and knowledge. Hiring managers are looking for people who have experience and are ready to bring innovation to their company as soon as possible.

Although many think that simply having a college degree can land them their dream job, it’s that kind of attitude that could keep you waiting forever.

Keep your focus on each section of leadership. Today’s job market is competitive, and rest assured that all of your competitors are out there, sharpening their skills, and crafting professional and winning resumes.

How Do You Showcase Your Leadership Skills on Your Resume?

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Steven Wesley
Steven is a career advisor and personal development enthusiast from New Hampshire. He loves embracing challenges which help him learn and grow every day. He’ll be happy to meet you on Facebook, just drop him a line!