Many application materials reflect back upon your career history. If you’re applying for a leadership position with an organization, it’s essential that your application materials and interview don’t just look backwards, but look forwards, painting a picture of your leadership and the difference it will make to their organization. Here are three ways you can do so:
Understand the organization’s initiatives. If you are going to effectively apply your strengths to an organization, you have to understand where they’re coming from—and where they are going. Where do they need leadership? Connect the dots of how your strengths can enhance the work they are doing now and make them successful as they venture forwards in new initiatives.
Show results. Your leadership is only as strong as your outcomes. Potential employers want to see what you can accomplish. Demonstrate your successful leadership of key projects in quantifiable terms.
Include the curveballs. As you discuss your positive outcomes, don’t skip the challenges you encountered. Life seldom goes as we plan. Leaders are the ones we look to when things go wrong. Employers are looking for leaders who can guide them through obstacles and crises.