How to make your leadership skills obvious on your resume

How to make your leadership skills obvious on your resume

So, you’re a leader? Prove it. Aside from your title, it can be challenging to accurately illustrate your leadership skills with a resume alone. Like all good storytelling, you have to “show me” not “tell me.”

As an executive recruiter for 20 years, I’ve seen a lot of resumes passed over because they just weren’t constructed in a compelling way.

When you’re talking about your talents and skills as a leader, I like the WHO approach to bullet points. It goes a little something like this:

  • W — What did I do?
  • H — How did I do it?
  • O — What was the outcome?

Every bullet point in your resume should contain all three — and still be short. Consider: 

– Created a new content management system by implementing cloud technology, resulting in more content being posted weekly.

What did you do? Create a new system. How? With technology. And most importantly, what was the outcome? More content!

This is just one example of how you can spell out your leadership wins in short, concise statements in your resume. 


By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific
Prestige Scientific specializes in all phases of drug development from discovery through commercial (learn more about our expertise). Whether you’re looking for your next career move, or someone to help your company invent and innovate, Prestige Scientific is here for you. Get in touch, mbarros@prestigescientific.com or via LinkedIn, to learn more about our process or talk about a new search project. View some of our current opportunities. 

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