How To Say You Manage Employees on a Resume

If you’re applying for jobs that involve managing others, hiring managers will be looking for examples of leadership experience on your resume. Here’s how to impress.

3 years ago   •   4 min read

By Rohan Mahtani
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Whether you’re applying for high-level roles, are looking to move into a management position, or just want to take the next step up in your career, experience managing others is often vital.

On top of showing that you have the experience recruiters are looking for, managing a team is also a great way to showcase soft skills like leadership, communication, teamwork, and organization.

Here’s how to get the most out of listing management experience on your resume:

  1. Use action verbs emphasizing that you managed employees, like Managed, Directed, Supervised, Assigned or Mentored.
  2. Highlight accomplishments that focus on your managerial experience through your bullet points.
  3. Call out specific numbers in your resume which give context to your accomplishments and emphasize your seniority.
  4. Highlight your managerial experience throughout other parts of your resume, like your resume summary.

Let's dive into these, with detailed examples of bullet points you can use.

Emphasize managerial responsibilities in your resume bullet points

If you want to call attention to something specific on your resume, you need to make sure a hiring manager isn’t just going to skim past it. That means prioritizing your most relevant achievements and highlighting accomplishments in easy-to-read bullet points.

Your bullet points should always follow the structure of action verb + what you did + what the result was. Here's an example:

  • Managed mixed teams of independent contractors and full-time employees dedicated to SEO marketing, data management, and content strategy; improved employee retention by 87%.

Use action verbs which highlight that you have been a manager

Your top bullet points should focus on resume accomplishments like managing staff, supervising employees, mentoring new hires, or designing and leading training programs.

How To: The action verb you choose matters. Try leading with strong action verbs like Managed, Led, Directed, Supervised, Assigned, Evaluated, Delegated, Coached, Mentored, Motivated, and Coordinated.

Focus on numbers

If you want your management to really impress, you need to get specific. The more explicit you are about exactly what you did and what it achieved, the better — and that means using hard numbers and metrics.

Led a team” is okay; “Led a team of 8 people” is better.

Being specific about exactly how many people you’ve managed and what those teams have achieved allows your accomplishments to speak for themselves. Let's look at an example from a real resume which shows how to emphasize management accomplishments.

Use hard numbers to list how many direct reports you managed on your resume.
Use hard numbers to list how many direct reports you managed on your resume.

How To: Not sure how your bullet points measure up? Resume Worded Pro lets you buy sample bullet points that show other core skill sets that recruiters want, including management skills, communication, leadership, and teamwork.

Find out if your resume shows enough management skills

Managing a team is a good way to showcase your soft skills to recruiters. A quick way to find out if your resume does that is to upload it to the tool below — it’ll let you know if you’ve used action verbs and metrics that highlight your management accomplishments and skills.

Examples of saying you managed employees on a resume

Ready to put those tips into action? Let's take a look at several examples of listing experience managing employees on your resume.

Examples of saying you managed a team on a resume

  • Managed a team of 15 outbound sales specialists.
  • Managed cross-functional team of 10 in 3 locations, ranging from entry-level analysts to vice presidents, and collaborated with business development, data analysis, operations, and marketing.
  • Launched new office and recruited and managed team of 10 employees; grew office revenue by 200% in first nine months.
  • Managed and handled 120+ staff, reduced employee complaints and compliance calls by 65%.

Examples of saying you managed staff on a resume

  • Grew creative staff from 5 to 15.
  • Managed staff of nearly 100 direct and indirect reports, $20M budget, and outside counsel.
  • Managed 30 employees involved in receiving, packing, picking, and shipping of customer orders.
  • Supervised and directed 30+ field service representatives in the completion of field activities and customer service tasks.
  • Conducted yearly performance reviews and established goals, increasing efficiency by 10%.

Examples of saying you managed others as part of a project

  • Led team members and vendors to manage the social media advertising strategy for more than 50 social media accounts. Increased conversions by 145%, CTR 50%, and social web referrals 40% in the first six months.
  • Served as the product sale fundraising campaign manager and directed 100 volunteer chairpersons. Increased fundraising donations by 40%.
  • Overhauled existing employee onboarding processes resulting in an increase in performance of 30% in the average employee’s first three months.

Examples of training and managing others

  • Provided help desk training to 6 new employees on hardware, connectivity, and software applications.
  • Trained and mentored new and existing account executives and interns on solutions selling strategies, customer relationship management, and advanced product knowledge.
  • Coached 30 summer interns and launched a mentorship program for new joiners in the Berlin office.
  • Recruited and screened over 35 qualified potential employees over the span of four years, across 4 different departments.

Here are more examples on how to say you trained someone on a resume.

Highlight management throughout your resume

Want to really emphasize your leadership skills and management experience?  Make every part of your resume reinforce that experience. List job titles that accurately reflect management positions and highlight your key skills and experience using a resume summary.

Include a summary section at the top of your resume to highlight and contextualize your most impressive management experience.
Include a summary section at the top of your resume to highlight and contextualize your most impressive management experience.

Speaking of key skills, use the tool below to find a list of hard skills relevant to the management or senior level position you’re applying for. For example, search for Human Resources Manager to get a list of skills and keywords recruiters look out for.

How To: Score My Resume is a free tool that will give you personalized feedback on your resume and suggest areas for improvement, including detailed scores on your bullet points, job titles, and skills.

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