Marketing Your Student Leadership Experience Jerri Arnold-Cook Director Leadership and Cultural Programs 304 Norwood Hall Ext. 7504 Email email@example.com
What Is Leadership? “It is an influence process-any time you are trying to influence the thoughts and actions of others toward goal accomplishment in either their personal or professional life.” Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges
Why Is It Important to Market Your Student Leadership Experiences? A survey revealed that if an employer had two equally qualified candidates for a position, he or she used the following to decide who to hire: • Leadership positions 4.0 • Major 3.9 • GPA of 3.0 or above 3.7 • Extracurricular Activities 3.6 • Volunteer Work 3.0 Based upon 5-point scale where 1=no influence, 2=not much influence 3=somewhat of an influence, 4=very much influence 5=extreme influence.
Why Is It Important to Market Your Student Leadership Experiences?Employers Rate the Importance of Candidate Qualities/Skills as follows: Strong Work Ethic Detail Oriented Communication Skills Organizational Skills Teamwork Skills (works well with others) Leadership Skills Initiative Self-Confidence Interpersonal Skills (relates well toward others) Friendly Outgoing Personality Problem-Solving Skills Tactfulness Analytical Skills Creativity Flexibility/Adaptability Strategic Planning Skills Computer Skills Entrepreneurial Skills/Risk Taker Technical Skills Sense of Humor • Source: Job Outlook 2008. National Association of Colleges and Employers
When Should You Share Information about your leadership skills • Resume Sections • Personal Contact Information • Education • Projects or Courses • Computer Skills • Honors & Activities • Interview • Tell me about a time when you … • If You Wear An Organizational Pin To an interview
What Should You Say About Your Leadership Experiences? Don’t Make Assumptions Don’t Just Focus on Titles Focus On • Your Accomplishments • What You Learned • What Skills or Abilities You Developed or Sharpened
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