How do I demonstrate that I have a strong work ethic on my resume?
Hiring managers today are looking for candidates who have gone the extra mile in their prior work experience. You may be dedicated to your job, but unsure of how to communicate that trait on your resume. Regardless of your job title, or the industry you are in, there are always examples of your hard work, and how you delivered “above and beyond”, worthy of description. Just stating that you have a “strong work ethic” will not get proper recognition. In fact, trying to use other language that demonstrates the kind of employee you are, will go much further. The hiring manager wants to see that your productivity and attitude toward your job will add value to the new position.
Think about times when you made a special effort on a project, or took extra classes/seminars to improve your skills to be qualified for the next assignment or position. Whether you are a recent graduate in an entry-level role, or a professional with years of experience, showing your motivation to excel at tasks and dedication to the job are universal examples which will distinguish your resume. For example:
Have you volunteered for a special project, requiring longer hours?
Volunteered to spear-head the annual not-for-profit event which was met with great success and raised xyz $$ funding for the children.
Do you consistently finish projects ahead of deadlines?
Successfully completed all projects on time, and accurately, through proper organization, attention to detail and time management.
Do you arrive early or stay late, without being asked, to help the team complete an assignment?
Worked overtime on accounting project in order to meet filing deadlines.
Took on extra assignments which resulted in increased business generation.
These are just a few generic examples of ways you can demonstrate your work ethic on the resume, which can either be added in the Job Experience or Profile Summary. Companies are looking for loyal, dedicated workers who will learn quickly, take on responsibility and add immediate value to the team. Including specific examples will set you apart.