How do I show that I am a quick learner on my resume?
Most of us have had a new job, or been in a new situation, where you had to quickly learn new information in an unfamiliar system, in order to succeed. Just adding language that states you are a “fast learner” is not sufficient. You should also include examples and proof of your ability to assimilate new information and execute on the job quickly.
Demonstrating that you are able to easily learn new skills and processes is best done by showcasing some of your achievements, and by using specific vocabulary. Whether you are a recent college graduate or may have changed jobs with different skill sets, there are always examples to add to the resume. Did you take a course or seminar to advance your career? Did you have to quickly learn a new skill because someone left the company? Did you get a new boss who has totally changed the routine?
In addition to adding specific, quick-learning skills under your Profile Summary, try to include language throughout the resume that sends the message that you respond immediately to new situations and are able to produce results. Examples might include:
When I was transitioned to a new position in the organization, I quickly mastered unfamiliar software, exceeding supervisor’s expectations.
In a recent required course, I finished at the top 10% of the class, allowing for a promotion in my job.
Instead of listing “Quick Learner” under your “Skills” bullets on the resume, if possible, provide added language to give the reader a better understanding of your total profile. Then, in the Job Experience make sure that you repeat, in more detail, how those skills were of value to the organization. Such as:
- Ability to understand and learn new concepts quickly
- Capable of executing with little prior information
- Process new ideas and concepts quickly, without supervision
- Strategic thinker; able to anticipate problems in advance
If being a fast learner seems to be an important aspect of the new job, adding details either in your Profile Summary at the top of the resume or in your Cover Letter will add value. Then, be prepared to repeat your examples again, during the interview process. If there is language in the posted job description requiring “quick learner” skills, try to incorporate that same language in the resume, whenever possible.