Do you feel ready to move into an executive position? Maybe you have been at a senior professional level for a few years, and you want to make the move into leadership. How do you make that leap? You have proved yourself in terms of mastering your role as an individual contributor, but leadership requires a different skill set.
Here are some tips for truthfully representing your skills while demonstrating to potential employers that you are ready to transition into management.
1) Highlight leadership skills that you have used on the job. You may have had a team leadership role. If so, make sure that this information is prominent on your resume. Also, you may have acted as the manager in the manager’s absence. This should also be reflected on your resume because it shows that the organization trusted you to assume that responsibility, even if it was for a short period of time.
2) Focus on management skills you have used in your volunteer work. If you have done volunteer work in the community where you had a leadership role, be sure to include this on your resume. The volunteer work does not have to be in your field. For example, you may be the leader of your homeowners association. This is relevant experience. The issue is that you want to show that you have leadership skills, regardless of where they were used.
3) Shine a spotlight on relevant education. You may have recently received an MBA, for example. That type of program will typically teach you leadership skills. And if you have an executive MBA, you certainly want to put that information in a prominent spot on your resume.
4) Showcase recent certifications. A current certification can mean a lot to employers. Many universities offer executive management certifications. This can mean a shorter path to the C-suite than the time it takes to earn a degree. If you receive your certification from a prestigious university like Harvard, including this on the resume will often mean that you can land an executive position quickly.
These are some of the ways that you can stand out from the competition and show employers on paper that you are ready to make that move.
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