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“Leadership” Words That Will Stand Out To An Employer

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Employers are receiving a lot of resumes and if your resume is going to stand out for leadership / management opportunities, it is important that your bullet points clearly portray what you did. When describing your leadership experience, it is easy to rely on generic terms like “supervised,” “led,” “managed.” These tell your employer very little about what you might bring to the table.

Consider categorizing your leadership experience into buckets such as people, tasks, and results. Categorizing your experiences will allow you to find words that specify your contributions, allowing your potential employer to get a better sense of what value you may add.  Below are some action words that you can consider depending on the type of leadership you exhibited.

If you want to portray that you are a person who…

 

Can Manage / grow People

Can Influence People

Takes Initiative

Is Results Oriented

Is Data-Driven

Consider Using:

Unified

Cultivated

Counseled

Trained

Mentored

Coordinated

Coached

Convinced

Gained buy-in

Mobilized

Motivated

Lobbied

Piloted

Started

Spearheaded

Redesigned

Launched

Cut costs by…

Increase revenues by…

Maximized

Optimized

Accelerated

Generated

Diagnosed

Audited

Evaluated

Forecasted

Mapped

Interpreted