Personal Characteristics Cover Letter

What personal values and attributes do you have that your next employer will value? I'm talking about your soft skills, your personality, those things that people like about working with or for you. Can you put a finger on them and make a good resume Summary statement about one or more of them?

This type of Summary statement is one of the things that can make your resume unlike any other resume — in a good way!

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27 Examples of Summary Statements About Personal Values and Traits

Here are 27 Summary statement examples that show values, passion, or personal traits that are well-suited for their resume job objectives. Each statement is from a different resume with a different career or job objective. Here you go...

  • Combine a passion for fashion and travel with an accomplished sales savvy.
  • Natural ability to promote products and build rapport through listening and communication skills.
  • Lived and traveled abroad, developing a keen sensitivity to people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Fluent in Spanish and Italian; presently studying French.
  • View teaching and learning as a dynamic and interactive process.
  • High-energy, confident professional with an infectious enthusiasm for technology.
  • Independent travel and research in the Far East and Europe.
  • Known for an interactive teaching style that encourages student participation and enthusiasm while facilitating learning.
  • Enthusiastic team player with numerous contacts in technology publishing.
  • 10 years' experience offering outstanding service to diverse clients, with a lifelong passion for holistic healing and a keen interest in beauty products and services that enhance a balanced lifestyle.
  • A patient listener who fully focuses on speakers and understands a variety of accents.
  • A highly organized and friendly professional, able to establish long-term, positive and fun relationships with clients, co-workers and outside resources.
  • Resourceful and detail-oriented; skilled problem-solver and multi-tasker.
  • A confident and concise communicator; able to deliver enthusiastic presentations with clarity and humor to diverse audiences.
  • Energetic self-starter with strong communication skills; work well independently or on a team.
  • Committed to motivating children through art, education, and recreation.
  • Innovative, enthusiastic, and uncompromising work ethic.
  • A clear and direct project manager, skilled in developing and maintaining a broad vision, cultivating excellent relationships, and communicating effectively across the organization to build focused and productive teams.
  • A dynamic team leader; able to bring energy, enthusiasm, and humor to motivate team members to achieve potential and meet objectives.
  • Highly motivated, goal-oriented professional; a decision-maker skilled in implementing new ideas.
  • Motivated self-starter; able to spark interest and take initiative.
  • Ambitious, flexible team member who loves to learn; computer savvy.
  • A flexible professional who enjoys learning new skills and quickly adapts to organizational changes.
  • An energetic team leader, able to communicate effectively with people of all ages and backgrounds, to work collaboratively to resolve problems, and to motivate team members to achieve personal and organizational objectives.
  • More than 8 years as an avid Class IV-V whitewater rafter, with trips to Nepal, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Mongolia, Chile, and New Zealand. Skilled in easily building rapport with individuals from diverse cultures.
  • An articulate communicator; skilled in quickly engaging team members and audiences, establishing rapport and developing strong relationships.
  • Lifelong love of travel and the cultural and educational insights it provides. Extensive travel throughout Europe, Africa, South America, and the U.S.
  • An independent and self-motivated professional with excellent research and writing skills; able to grow positive relationships with clients and colleagues at all organizational levels.

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1. Communication Skills

The ability to communicate clearly and effectively in many mediums: by email, verbally, with lists and phone messages, on the phone, and with body language. Communication also includes listening skills and the ability to follow directions and provide feedback.

2. Honesty

Employers want accurate and timely information regarding their business and their employees. Made a mistake? Don’t cover it up, admit it, and learn not to do it again.

3. Technical Competency

Most positions require certain skills that are advertised on the Job Posting. If you are hired to perform certain tasks then you should have the skills. Improving your skills along the way is also expected.

4. Work Ethic

Be at work on time, do what you were hired to do, meet targets and deadlines and work to the best of your ability. What more could an employer ask?

5. Flexibility

Employers and their employees need to react quickly to changing business conditions. Employers need employees who can change gears and adapt as required.

6. Determination and Persistence

Managers will give employees challenging goals but generally they are achievable. The key is to be able to work hard and keep moving forward when you encounter obstacles.

7. Ability to Work in Harmony with Co-Workers

Employers and managers like to have people working with them and for them who can get along with their colleagues and who can work with others effectively in different circumstances.

8. Eager and Willing to Add to Their Knowledge Base and Skills

As businesses change, there is often a need to find out new information, expand knowledge and explore new ways of doing things. People with an interest in learning, and a willingness to pass it on to others, become invaluable.

9. Problem-Solving Skills

Companies are looking for people who are motivated to take on challenges with minimal direction. Employees should see when something needs to be done and react accordingly.

10. Loyalty

Employers want and need to be able to trust their employees to work professionally to meet the employer’s best interests. Employers do not want to hire people who require close scrutiny or who cannot be trusted to represent the company in public.

How can you let an employer know that you have these qualities when you are applying for a job?

  • Provide a resume that uses the words employers are looking for to get their attention
  • Send a cover letter with your resume that clearly demonstrates you understand the skills needed for the job and provide examples of where you have used these skills
  • Make sure your references will say good, appropriate things about you on inquiry
  • Volunteer and have your supervisor provide a reference
  • Have great letter of reference from a previous employer to give to prospective employers
  • Have good communication skills, on your resume, on the telephone and in the job interview
  • Have examples and stories to tell in the interview of how you learned something or how you solved a problem at a previous position


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