Being Detail-Oriented vs. Saying You Are Detail-Oriented

by Lisa Fife

When writing your resume and cover letter, showing your good qualities is more important than telling. You want your resume to stand out, not because it has several good buzzwords included, but because you show how you stand out among the other applicants. One popular buzzword that I see on almost every resume or cover letter I receive is "detail-oriented". It's important to make sure that you're doing more than simply making a claim. Show how detail oriented you are via your resume and cover letter.

When listing your accomplishments and job descriptions, give specific examples and include important details that show that you are indeed detail-oriented. If you worked on a major project where the little things mattered greatly, include that as an example. Give examples of how your attention to detail saved a past employer money, improved a process in your work, or made other big contributions to your success and the success of your employer.

Also, it is extremely important to proofread your resume and cover letter carefully to ensure there are no mistakes. If you say you are detail-oriented but your resume and cover letter have mistakes, you will likely not be able to convince the employer that you are truly detail-oriented.

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