Leader, Leadership, Working on a Team, Work Relations, Employers, Communication, Leadership
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT / 14 December 2016
Get Recognized As a Leader to Employers!
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Nicholas Pung

What are some qualities of a leader that you have? Communication? Commitment to work? Creative thinking? Strategic thinking? If you have some or all of these qualities, that’s great! The real question, however, is do you have any leadership experience that showcases any or all of these qualities? Think about it. Look at your resume. See if you included anything like these. If the answer is yes, great! If the answer is no, have no fear! This article is going to show many different ways that you too can have leadership experience that employers want to see in you.

First of all, the easiest way to show that you have leadership experience is by taking a leadership role of any kind of club or organization. Taking on positions of  leadership show that you have some kind of ability to benefit the club or organization that the previous leaders saw in you. 

Learn how to talk to members and how to actively communicate with your board to make sure that things go according to plan. You can initiate a group chat and make sure that everyone has a say in every decision. You make sure that the members of the organization are able to see everything that the board did for them, make them transparent, and gather input from the members every so often to make sure they were on track to serving the club or organization. These little things can help you gain experience as an effective communicator.

Another way you can gain leadership experience is by volunteering around the community. There are specific clubs and organizations that do community service routinely. Be sure to join these clubs and organizations to have a chance at gaining leadership experience. With all of these opportunities, you’re bound to gain experience! 

If you are currently volunteering around your community, see if you can do something with more responsibility. The people who run the place will be happy to give you more. If you are going to join clubs and organizations, remember to not only make friends and network, but to take up the chance to do the little leadership roles that happen. Be the first one to volunteer taking charge of the group and leading them. Over time, you’ll not only gain leadership experience, but you can go into leadership roles. Another upside to volunteering is that some employers will see that you are willing to put extra time into a side experience and getting recognized for it. 

Now, if you want to go the creative route, try building a project and taking charge. Doing this, you will be able to develop both skills and gain leadership experience. 

Another way to look at projects is by joining ProSky’s projectships. These projectships that ProSky matches you with gives you the opportunities to work with real companies and get feedback at the same time. By doing these projectships, you not only are going to be challenged, gaining leadership experience on the way, but also gaining experience in whichever project you wish to be a part of. As a plus, if you impress the company enough, they might even hire you! 

As you can see, there are plenty of different ways to gain leadership experience. If you have a job, seek out these opportunities and make sure to document what you did to improve the company so that employers have something tangible to work with. If you are volunteering, showcase how you got to gain leadership experience and what you did to improve the community. 

And if you aren’t able to do either of those, do a project. Join ProSky and sign up for a projectship where you are able to work with others on executing whichever module you sign up for. A bonus for all this is that companies are able to see your work and you have a mentor by your side to ensure that you are doing the correct work.