StrengthThe Strengths section should be positioned toward the top of your resume, underneath the Profile. To create an effective Strengths section, pick 4 to 6 words or brief phrases that best describe how you fit the employment opportunity. Briefly explain how you have demonstrated each skill. When possible, pick words or phrases that specifically match the job description of the position you are pursuing. Be sure to include the skills you developed through your liberal arts education, such as communication, leadership, Christian character and interpersonal skills.

Keep in mind that it is better to list fewer strengths and include supportive details than to merely include a long list of qualities with no examples.

Here is a typical way to list your strengths, as illustrated in some of the resume examples:

  • Computer Skills … Used Microsoft Word and Excel to prepare course assignments and Adobe Premier Pro to complete major course projects
  • Organizational Skills … Designed a new system to improve a cleaning process, resulting in a cost savings of $50 a month
  • Trustworthy … Entrusted with large amounts of money
  • Collaborative … Involved in group projects and team presentations
  • Leadership … Directed new employee orientation and training programs
  • Diligence … Finished all work and school assignments on time

Language Skills


  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Conversational in German
  • Native speaker of Korean and bilingual proficiency in English

Leadership Skills


  • Selected by Student Life Staff to lead a group of 45 men as a Resident Assistant
  • Promoted to Manager at Macy’s as a result of hard work and initiative
  • Elected 2 consecutive semesters to serve as Chaplain of Chi Sigma Phi literary society

Communication Skills


  • Used knowledge of English grammar and usage to edit and revise papers
  • Selected to be the spokesman for a group presentation because of oratory skills

Use your Merit page . . .

  • to capture recruiter attention
  • to highlight major achievements and activities verified by the University
  • to support and validate your resume and ePortfolio documents
  • to strengthen your resume, ePortfolio, LinkedIn profile, and Facebook site
  • to share your accomplishments with friends and employers alike


Here are some other examples of character qualities that you can use. Note the value of explaining the significance of each quality.

  • Adaptable: Experience working with people from a diversity of backgrounds and cultures
  • Persistent: Completed a task  even when it was more challenging than expected
  • Punctual: Arrived at all classes and meetings on time and with appropriate materials
  • Resourceful: Applied successful solutions to difficult problems
  • Diligent: Maintained a 3.43 GPA while working 20+ hours per week and staying involved in community service

Strengths Most Sought After by Employers

  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving and decision-making
  • Communication (written and verbal)
    • Write and edit reports
    • Communicate effectively inside and outside the organization
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical
  • Strong work ethic
  • Initiative
  • Computer/Technology
  • Detail-oriented
  • Flexible/Adaptable
  • Interpersonal
  • Organize, plan, and prioritize work

According to NACE’s “The Job Outlook for the Class of 2014”