When you’re asked about leadership experiences in an interview you may draw a blank. If you’re a current or former service member, it may not be such a difficult question to answer because leadership is a value instilled in you from training to practice. Whether you have a civilian or military background, your brain will automatically hone in on professional achievements. It’s possible that nothing will immediately come to mind or stand out for you. If so, think more creatively about where you’ve had the opportunity to demonstrate leadership outside of work.
Don’t forget about your resume when you’re in spring cleaning mode.
Recruiters spend six seconds scanning a resume to decide if they want
to read further or invite you for an interview, so your resume needs
to be clear and well organized.
Here are two easy ways to upgrade your resume to get it into the “yes” pile.
1. Write a brief career summary. This goes at the top of your resume
underneath your contact information. It should be several lines or
bullets that answer the following questions:
- what is your title or specialty? (e.g., engineer, marketing
professional, medical researcher)
- what are 3-5 of your key skills? (e.g., presentations, operations,
- what are you known for/what do your colleagues say about you? (e.g.,
attentive to detail, quick learner, motivator)
2. Group your bullets under each job. Categorize your bullets based on
the skill they demonstrate. For example, if you’re in communications
you may have “crisis management,” “written communications,” and
“social media,” among others. Use those terms as subheadings under
each job you’ve held and list the bullets that demonstrate each skill
under the appropriate subheading. Make sure your bullets speak to
examples of work you’ve done and include numbers, results, or the
purpose of each task. Simply listing duties will not help you stand
out. Be as specific as possible.
These two strategies will go a long way in helping you refine and
better organize your resume so recruiters can get to know you quickly
and easily. From there, it’s more likely you’ll end up in the
Eighty to 90 percent of the U.S. workforce is interested in teleworking at least part-time, according to Global Workplace Analytics. This is not only a demand among younger workers – seasoned employees are seeking to work from home two or three days a week.
Requesting to work remotely is a hard sell for a company where you’re interviewing for an office-based role, but there’s no harm in trying. It’s easier to sell the idea if you’ve already worked for an employer for a year or more and want to make the shift. Employers can’t always see the benefit that it can bring them and it’s your job to tell them how. The bottom line: you can leverage your location to bring more value to the company.
Events. Check out local networking and marketing opportunities in your current or future location on Eventbrite. Think broadly. There may be applicable conferences or workshops within or complementary to your area of expertise where you can gain contacts and exposure for the firm. By allowing you to reach beyond your normal duties, you're building capabilities which ultimately contribute more to your team.
Access to partners. Ask your boss to consider strategic partners that may be an asset to the business in your current or future location. Perhaps there are existing partners in your location, or you may be in a good place to develop new partnerships.
Access to clients. The same is true for current or prospective clients. Can you help to maintain or strengthen existing client relationships? Can you develop new business contacts in your local area? Technology cannot replace face-to-face interaction, and you can save your company travel costs.
Public relations. If your company is looking to gain exposure to new markets, you can help by virtue of your new location. Your media department can focus their outreach on those locations and enable the company to expand its reach.
The more specific benefits that you can identify for your particular employer, the better. It’s not a guaranteed “yes”, but taking this approach will get them thinking about your proposal in a constructive way.