List of Strengths for Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews

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When you’re job searching, employers will be looking for evidence that you possess the right strengths to get the job done as they screen your resumescover letters, and job applications. Your will also be asked questions aimed at uncovering your strengths during job interviews.  

Therefore, it is a good idea to have a list of strengths, and a list of weaknesses, ready to share with the hiring manager.

Read below for a helpful list of strengths to include in your resumes, cover letters, and interviews. Included is a detailed list of the five most common strengths that almost every employer looks for in a job candidate.

How to Use This List of Strengths

You can use this list of strength words throughout your job search process. Firstly, look through the list and circle the strengths that you possess, and that are also important for the job you’re applying for. You can look back at the job listing to get a sense of the job requirements.

Once you have a list of words that match both the job and your set of strengths, you can use these words in your resume. In the description of your work history, you might want to use some of these keywords.

Secondly, you can use these in your cover letter. In the body of your letter, you can mention one or two of these strengths, and give a specific example of a time when you demonstrated those strengths at work.

Finally, you can use these words in an interview. Make sure you have at least one example of a time you demonstrated each of the top five strengths listed here. Provide evidence for how you have tapped these strengths to achieve results in your work, volunteer, and/or academic experiences. Be prepared to mention the situations involved, the actions that you took, and the results that you generated while applying your key strengths.


Of course, each job will require different strengths and experiences, so make sure you read the job description carefully, and focus on the strengths listed by the employer.

Top Five Strengths Employers Seek in Employees

Analytical skills refer to your ability to collect and analyze information, problem-solve, and make decisions. Nearly every job requires this kind of critical thinking on some level. Analytical strength can help solve a company’s problems, and increase a company’s productivity.

Written and oral communication are critical to almost any job. Whether you are giving a presentation, talking on the phone to a client, or emailing a colleague, you need to be able to communicate effectively and appropriately.

Employers want to know they have employees they can depend on, who are responsible and professional. You need to be able to show up on time, and get your work done by designated deadlines.

Many jobs require some form of flexibility, from juggling multiple tasks to working flexible hours. Employees need to be adaptable, taking change in stride.

Most jobs require teamwork of some sort. Employers want job candidates who are willing to work with others, and can do so effectively.

List of Strengths for Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews

A - C

  • Accuracy
  • Analytics
  • Adapting to changing circumstances
  • Assessing employee needs
  • Assessing outcomes
  • Assessing the needs and preferences of customers
  • Attention to detail
  • Business storytelling
  • Calming agitated clients
  • Clearly conveying features and benefits products/services
  • Closing sales
  • Collaborating effectively with business partners
  • Composing engaging copy for websites
  • Conducting statistical analysis
  • Consistently meeting deadlines
  • Creating clean computer programs in the latest languages
  • Creating compelling presentation slides
  • Creative thinking
  • Creativity 
  • Critical thinking
  • Cultivating Team Orientation Among Staff

D - K

  • Debugging computer programs
  • Decision making
  • Dedicated
  • Dependability
  • Designing innovative products
  • Designing training programs
  • Detail oriented
  • Determination
  • Diagnosing mechanical malfunctions
  • Drawing consensus on group goals
  • Driving traffic to websites
  • Effectively managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Efficiency
  • Enduring adverse conditions
  • Enthusiastic
  • Establishing a quick rapport with clients
  • Establishing standards and processes which enhance quality
  • Facilitating productive meetings
  • Facility for learning the latest computer technology
  • Flexibility
  • Focused
  • Friendly and engaging personality
  • Generating positive patient satisfaction scores
  • Good judgment
  • High achiever
  • Identifying wasteful expenditures
  • Innovation
  • Inspirational
  • Interpersonal
  • Interviewing job candidates

L - R

S - Z

  • Selecting highly productive employees
  • Sense of humor
  • Solution oriented
  • Solving complex problems
  • Strategic planning
  • Streamlining processes
  • Strong work ethic
  • Successful
  • Success driven
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Teamwork
  • Terminating underperforming employees
  • Upgrading the productivity of underperforming employees
  • Working quickly
  • Writing press releases which resulted in media coverage

Examples of Weaknesses

The interviewer will want to know about your weaknesses as well as your strengths. Be prepared to mention some weaknesses during job interviews. However, be careful that what you mention doesn't exclude you for consideration from the job. Here are examples of weaknesses to mention in job interviews.

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