15 Self-Descriptive Words for Your Resume

Are you thinking about applying for a new job? If so, you need to make sure your application gets noticed by the hiring manager.

One way to ensure that you stand out is to use the right language on your resume and cover letter. By using a variety of effective English adjectives to describe yourself, you’ll have a better chance of getting a job interview—and getting hired!

Here are some useful adjectives you should consider using when you apply for your next position.

15 words to describe yourself on a job application

1. Able

→ Having the skills to do something

I work well under pressure; I’m always able to complete tasks on a tight deadline.

2. Conscientious

→ Very careful about doing something correctly

I always double-check my work before submitting it because I’m a very conscientious person.

3. Creative

→ Able to think of new things or ideas

When I’m faced with a difficult problem, I enjoy brainstorming with colleagues to come up with creative solutions. 

4. Dependable

→ Able to be trusted to do something; reliable

My former managers would describe me as a dependable employee who always completes tasks on time.

5. Determined

→ Being focused on doing something even if it is difficult 

I’ve set a goal for myself to get a new job in the next three months, and I’m determined to achieve it!

6. Diligent

→ Working hard and carefully 

I know your performance review with the manager will go well—you’re a very diligent worker.

7. Efficient 

→ Able to complete a task without wasting time or effort

To be as efficient as possible at work, you should list your tasks from most to least important, and then complete them in order of importance.

8. Enthusiastic

→ Having or showing a lot of excitement about something 

I would describe myself as someone who is enthusiastic about learning new skills. 

9. Experienced

→ Having knowledge or skills to do something, usually because you have done it for a long time

As an experienced hiring manager, I always know how to find the right person for the job.

10. Flexible

→ Having the ability to change or do things in a different way

In business, it’s important to be flexible because things don’t always work out the way you expect them to.

11. Honest

→ Truthful

To help your employees improve, you should always give them honest feedback and advice.

12. Independent

→ Not needing help from others

I like to work with others, but I’m also able to work independently whenever it’s necessary.

13. Organized

→ Able to plan and arrange things carefully 

To reduce your stress in the workplace, you should be organized. That way, you’ll be able to keep track of everything you need to do.

14. Passionate

→ Having strong feelings about something

I think I would be a great addition to the customer service department because I am passionate about helping people. 

15. Skilled

→ Having the knowledge, training, or ability to do something well

I am highly skilled at collecting data to create useful reports and presentations. 

Andrea is a Gabby Academy coach and education technolgy writer based in Vancouver, Canada.