Showing Leadership Potential In Your Resume: The Key To Getting Jobs

by Jaineel Aga

This chapter is a free excerpt from The Best Book on Getting Consulting Jobs In India.

One of the best ways spruce up your resume is to work on the third main aspect of resume building: showing leadership potential.

While recruiting associates and analysts in consulting firms, the internal bar the firm sets is does this associate have the ability to become a partner one day? They ask this question while recruiting at every stage: associate, principal or senior principal. This makes your ability to showcase leadership potential extremely important.

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One of the best ways spruce up your resume is to work on the third main aspect of resume building: showing leadership potential.

While recruiting associates and analysts in consulting firms, the internal bar the firm sets is does this associate have the ability to become a partner one day? They ask this question while recruiting at every stage: associate, principal or senior principal. This makes your ability to showcase leadership potential extremely important.

How can a person bring this up in his or her resume?

How did I show my leadership qualities and work on them during my stay at Duke?

First, don't become a jack of all and master of none-- it's important that you focus on one thing and hold a significant, high-level position in a particular club than be associated in 10 things and not do a spectacular job in any of them.

For a year, I worked very sincerely in the student committee, the most important committee for our program. It was known as the Master's of Engineering Management Program Development Committee, which is the equivalent of a student representative body. I was the president of this committee. Admission to the student council itself was a big deal, because one had to go through a hotly contested election process, with a proper debate and an opening speech. To win this election meant displaying how you had contributed to the committee in the past as well as a forward-looking plan to improve the current processes.

This was how I decided to display leadership ability. This was my goal and I worked towards it; it buttressed my claim of having leadership potential. The position had great influence to make a tangible improvement and was a prestigious position to hold. The advantage of working toward your goal with dedication is that even if I had lost the elections, I would have become vice-president. If not that, I would have been heading a sub-committee, all of which would have given me a chance to display my leadership potential!
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