Perhaps you are at the point in your career where you want to move into management. You have a good track record as an individual contributor, but how do you make the leap into a management position? How do you convince management that you are ready to join their ranks?
Your resume needs to show that you can make that transition. Here are three pointers on how to tailor your resume so that it sends the message that you are indeed ready.
1) Demonstrate your potential. You have to give an employer reason to believe that even though you have not had a leadership role yet, you are capable of being able to step into that role without a huge learning curve. One way to do this is to mention on your resume that you have acted as a manager in the manager’s absence. Even if was only for a week or two at a time, the fact that you have been trusted to assume that responsibility in the manager’s absence speaks to the fact that the organization trusted you to be a leader. This type of information helps to give you credibility as you look to move into a leadership role on a full-time basis.
2) Highlight your credentials. If you have a recent degree like an MBA, that information should go near the top of the resume. Likewise, if you have certifications (i.e., Certified Association Executive) that are highly sought after by employers, that information should go near the top as well. These types of credentials can help catapult you into the type of leadership position that you are seeking.
3) Showcase managerial ability outside of work. Even if you have not had the opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills on the job, other experience may be persuasive. For example, you may have taken on a leadership role in a professional association. Or you may have used your leadership ability in the community. I had a client who was in finance, and he headed the finance committee of his home owners association. This is relevant experience and can help and can help you build a case a higher level position.
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