Resume Tip Tuesday: Essential Tips for Managerial Positions

Posted February 04, 2014

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First and foremost, highlight the extent of your managerial experience. And in that time, “it is more important to tell what you have accomplished versus what you have done,” says Patrick Lynch, president of The Frontier Group and Managing Partner of OI Global Partners.

If you don’t have much experience and are hoping to land a managerial position, then highlight your major achievements and any leadership roles that you’ve taken on—whether official or unofficial. Show them what you have managed without the title.

Highlight Quantifiable Achievements You’ve Exceeded

Address any quantifiable [achievements] that you've met or exceeded, such as turnover rates, sales quotes and employee retention,” says DeKesha Williams, business strategist at Vizions Consulting and previously a district manager. “This plays a critical part in defining your management style.”

Here are some examples of quantifiable achievements to highlight front and center.

  • Increased revenue by XXX
  • Reduced costs by XXX
  • Improved efficiency by XXX
  • Ran a campaign that resulted in XXX
  • Reduced processing time by XXX

Again, “Managerial resumes should be achievement based--not focused on tasks or

skills,” says Sebastian King, resume services director at Doostang.

The Most Effective Words to Use for a Managerial Resume

Here’s a break down some great words to use for those of you looking to score a managerial job. Some of these are mentioned in the examples above, but here’s a more fleshed out list.

  1. Increased
  2. Reduced
  3. Improved
  4. Ran
  5. Trained
  6. Directed
  7. Oversaw
  8. Handled
  9. Initiated
  10. Achieved
  11. Spearheaded
  12. Strengthened
  13. Maximized
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