How to Add More Leadership Experience to Your Resume

By Scot Herrick | Job Skills

Jun 22

Regardless of the field you might be interested in going into, leadership experience will help your resume stand out. In fact, most employers are looking for someone who has leadership and extensive volunteer experience under their belt. There are many things you can do to get the experience and certification you need. Below is a list of tips for getting leadership experience and how to include it on your resume.

Take a Course in Leadership

Even if the leadership course doesn’t count towards your degree, it will benefit you in many ways. A leadership course will help enhance your skills and knowledge, and will also give you the opportunity to meet like-minded professionals. It might not even be a college course, but rather a discussion based extracurricular club. Look at things you have already been involved in as well to add to your experience on a resume. Volunteering in your neighborhood as a youth, or part of a church or camp group can be counted as leadership experience in some capacities. Take a look at the other places you’ve lead a project as well. A community art, festival or dance might have been a leadership experience if you headed a project or cleanup crew.

Find a way to include these types of activities into your volunteer work, leadership experience and skill sets on your resume.

Run for Student Government

Being a part of student government not only gives you the opportunity to gain some leadership experience, but also the chance to make a difference in the lives of other students on campus. Many people who serve in student government might also consider a Master’s degree in project management. You’ll have even more credentials when it comes to leadership and teamwork. Even if you don’t want to run for student body president, there are many ways you can get involved in student government. For example, you can run for a position in your organization or even become an orientation leader for new and prospective students. Being an orientation leader is a lot of hard work, but it gives you the chance to develop your leadership skills and make friends at the same time. Find ways to volunteer for school projects and create teams of students to help get work done. Employers like to see ambition in a resume.

Volunteer in Your Community

There are many ways you can get some leadership experience outside the classroom, and one of the best is by volunteering in your own community. For example, you can volunteer at homeless shelters, hospitals, refugee camps and whatever other organizations are in your area. You could also mentor a young child or teen. Volunteering helps you to make a difference in the life of another person and shows your dedication to community efforts. Look at where your community is lacking, a senior care center might be the perfect place to put your talents into play.


Networking is a great way to get some leadership experience and skills and boost your chances at a career in many different fields. You can network with other leaders on campus, school administrators, and professionals off campus. It is a great tool for applying for jobs and getting letters of recommendation later.

Leadership experience could be the thing that helps you get the job of your dreams. You can develop your leadership skills by taking a course in leadership and volunteering in the community and participating in a student organization. Network within your field and ask around about getting to know more professionals who can help you get ahead.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

  • Sarah Lee says:

    Thanks for the great post! These are really good tips when preparing a resume, especially for new graduates. It is so competitive now in the job market and we need every advantage that we can get, and this is truly one of them.

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