Graduating from college is a big accomplishment. After years of hard work and late night study sessions, hours spent in classes and lectures, and numerous papers and exams you made it through and earned your degree. Now it’s time to utilize those skills you worked so hard to develop to go out and find a job.
There are many skills that employers will be looking for in new hires: communication, self-motivation, teamwork, and public speaking, as well as industry specific skills. Even though all of these skills are important one of the most significant is leadership.
Because leadership skills are so important, it is vital that you include it on your resume. Your resume is the first impression that potential employers will have of you, so while it is important to be honest, you don’t want to leave anything out. From involvement in college clubs and student government to volunteer work, all are examples of leadership and initiative. Also, major group projects and internships would be important to include.
The interview is the first opportunity that you will have to really impress companies in person. This is the chance to show interest, self-motivation , and leadership –what you can bring to the company to help them achieve their goals. While it’s important that you don’t take over the interview, it’s good to be involved in the interview and ask questions.
After you have been accepted for the job, or internship, you will have many opportunities to show your leadership skills. Volunteering for projects, taking the lead and showing initiative, working well with others, and demonstrating good communication skills will all show that you are a good leader.
Adjusting to a career and life after college can be a challenge, but with strong leadership skills you’ll not only have a good job before you know it but you’ll quickly be on the road to success.
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