Examples to describe oneself in a word

How to describe oneself in a word?

“How in the world do I sum myself up in just one word?” While this is a challenge, it is not an insurmountable one. Do not think about every facet of your life. Focus on your professional identity and start writing down words that come to mind. Allow some words to bubble to the surface, and eventually you will find that one sums you up better than the rest.

After choosing the right word, craft a brief explanation of your reasoning behind it. Do this by using the words from your previous brainstorming. If you do this well, your employer will gain a better understanding of who you are and will also appreciate the mental effort behind this exercise.

Here are the examples: If you wrote down several words describing your professional identity such as:

Hardworking, Active, Busy, Problem-solver

You could say this about yourself:

“I am industrious, because I am hardworking, active, and a true problem-solver.”

“I am an upbeat person because I approach my job with cheerfulness and optimism.”

“I am exuberant, because I enjoy an energetic workplace, and I like to contribute my own fun to the work environment.”

Here are some ideas for descriptive words: 

  • Charismatic
  • Practical
  • Reasonable
  • Level-headed
  • Proactive
  • Rational
  • Witty
  • Observant
  • Decisive
  • Resourceful (Creative; Uses what is around them to solve issues)
  • Diligent (works until the job is done)
  • Intuitive (Perceptive; Make wise decisions based on their guy instincts)
  • Easy-going
  • Versatile
  • Adaptable
  • Determined
  • Passionate
  • Persistent
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