Recruiters search for three pillars in every applicant: academics, work-experience, and leadership. For most resume and profile search programs (like InternX), recruiters have the ability to sort through academics by GPA, and work-experience by a binary, “yes” or “no”, filter. However, for leadership, recruiters will actually have to read through your profile to see your leadership attributes. In this post, we’ll show you how to highlight your leadership positions to employers to help you get to the next stage of the hiring process.
1. Include experiences that actually matter: This one seems obvious, but you’d be surprised by the amount of people that put down irrelevant experiences on their resume. Companies look for diverse candidates, but don’t test those limits. Recruiters don’t care that you planted 12 trees in your Grandmother’s backyard last summer. However, if you started an initiative on campus that gets students to plant trees in their community every semester, then definitely include that. Include experiences in which you’ve made a real, positive difference.
2. Only include LEADERSHIP positions for organizations: If you’re in college, chances are that you’re a member of at least one student organization on campus. If you’re not in one, join one. They’ll help you stand out from the crowd. Companies want to see that you’re involved in your community outside of just your school work. However, just because you joined an organization doesn’t necessarily mean you should put it down on your resume. Recruiters want quality over quantity. And depending on the company, most recruiters typically just want to know what leadership positions you’ve had within those organizations (President, Executive Positions, etc.).
3. Clearly state what you accomplished: Stay away from generic descriptions of your leadership role: “I was the Philanthropy Chair for my fraternity.” Instead, refer to key metrics that will show recruiters how much you achieved while you held your position: “As the Philanthropy Chair for my fraternity, I raised over $10,000 for our charity by organizing a campus wide pillow fight in which every Greek House at our school participated in.”
Follow these 3 steps and recruiters will easily be able to sign off on your leadership abilities. If you have any additional questions, reach out to us: firstname.lastname@example.org