10 Qualities Employers are Looking For In Your Resume

By Chelsea Babin

When an employer is trying to fill an open position, they’re probably looking at hundreds if not thousands of resumes. Want to make your stand out? Most employers are looking for the following 10 qualities in your resume. We’ll let you know what those qualities are and how you can communicate them clearly and effectively.

1. Detail-Oriented: People who are detail-oriented often make fewer mistakes, notice their mistakes faster when they make them, and notice other flaws that some people may not see. If you want to show an employer that you’re detail oriented, make sure your resume is formatted properly and free from grammatical or spelling errors. Additionally, you can mention an appropriate anecdote in your bullet points describing something like the time that you noticed a flaw in a large project and were able to get it fixed.

2. Adaptable: If you’ve worked on large collaborative teams and teams of just one it should be easy for you to demonstrate how adaptable you are in your resume. Just mention the different cultures, ways of doing things, sizes of teams, or other situations you’ve adapted to successfully in your bullet points describing what you did in each position.

3. Curious: While curiosity is a desirable quality for employees—particularly for technical professionals—it can be a difficult quality to communicate on something as limited as a professional resume. One way you can show your curiosity is mentioning the side projects you work on, the hobbies you pursue, or the wide range of skills you’ve developed over the years. This kind of varied interest is often indicative of someone with a curious nature and employers will pick up on that.

4. Direct: Getting to the point and not beating around the bush is an incredibly desirable quality to employers everywhere! If you have it, show it on your resume by getting right to the meat and bones of your work experience and making each of your bullet points describing the work you’ve done in each position informative but concise.

5. Professional Appearance: Not every industry puts as much stock in a professional appearance as they used to but, for many employers, this is still a desirable quality. While some people leave this for LinkedIn or other social media profiles, others prefer to show employers directly on their resume by including a professional headshot.

6. Agile: For many technical professionals, an Agile environment indicates a very specific work culture and daily routine. But, for the purposes of this article, I’m referring to the employees who are flexible, nimble, quick on their feet, and able to respond to changing client needs and a fast-paced business. If you’ve worked on continuous enhancements and upgrades or you’ve met many short deadlines you should include some of this information on your resume to show how agile you are. Of course, if you have experience working in an Agile environment, you can mention that too!

7. Communicative: Clear communication is critical in positions where you’re interacting with clients and customers, collaborating with coworkers from many departments, or working remotely. Employers are often looking for this quality and while you can’t demonstrate your verbal communication skills on a sheet of paper your written communication skills are on display. Use your resume as a way to demonstrate your clear communication abilities and your communicative nature.

8. Passionate: If you’re passionate about what you do you could say it on your resume or, better yet, you could show it! If you have side projects, passion projects you can provide links to, awards or other accolades in your field, or a blog or YouTube channel dedicated to teaching others the skills you’re passionate about share those on your resume.

9. Dedicated: Your dedication is important to employers and while job hopping has become more normal and accepted, a steady work history can help show how dedicated you are. Additionally, getting promotions or added responsibilities in one of your previous jobs is a great way to show that you’re dedicated and will continue to improve the longer you’re at a company.

10. Goal-Oriented: While it may feel a bit abnormal to go on and on about your awards, accolades, and achievements mentioning them on your resume can help show that you’re goal-oriented and achievement-minded. Those are both incredibly desirable qualities and will make employers take a longer look at your resume.

If you want to make your resume jump of the page, stand out, and show the qualities you have that employers are looking for you should use this guide as you write a new resume or edit one of your old ones. This will help you stand out in a sea of qualified resumes.

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