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 resumes, cover letters, and job applications.

During job interviews, you will definitely be asked questions aimed at uncovering your strengths.  It’s a good idea to have a list of strengths, and a list of weaknesses, ready to share with the hiring manager.

The following list of common strengths can help you to itemize some of the assets that you can incorporate into your documents and convey during your interview.


Be mindful that you will need to present employers with evidence of how you have tapped those strengths to achieve results in your work, volunteer, and academic experiences. Be prepared to mention the situations involved, actions that you took and results that you generated while applying your key strengths. 

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 Attractive Documents
  • Creating Clean Computer Programs in the Latest Languages
  • Creating Compelling Presentation Slides

D - K

  • Debugging Computer Programs
  • Decision Making
  • Dedicated
  • Dependability
  • Designing Innovative Products
  • Designing Training Programs
  • 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 Judgement
  • High Achiever
  • Identifying Wasteful Expenditures
  • Innovation
  • Inspirational
  • Interpersonal
  • Interviewing Experts for News Stories
  • Interviewing Job Candidates

L - R

  • Recovering Quickly from Setbacks
  • Resolving Conflicts among Staff
  • Resolving Customer Complaints  
  • Respectful
  • Responding Favorably to Constructive Criticism
  • Results Driven
  • Retaining Star Employees

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
  • 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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