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200+ Adjectives To Describe Yourself

An adjective is a describing word. We’ve all been in a situation before where we’ve been asked to ‘Describe yourself in 3 words’ or something similar. Maybe it was a job interview, at school, a personality or career test or an online profile. While it may sound ridiculous, the answers are quite revealing about a person, therefore it’s important to consider what words we use and how we use them.

How Do You Describe Yourself?

How you describe yourself will greatly depend on why you are describing yourself. For example, some words make sense for an online dating profile, but they won’t look professional or applicable on a cover letter or in a job interview.

Therefore, it’s really about being able to understand the context of why you are describing yourself and how you want to present yourself.

In the below post, we have compiled a huge list of the best adjectives to describe personalities.

 

Related: 350+ Positive Words to Describe Someone

 

List of Words To Describe Yourself

The below list of words are great for cover letters, job interviews and application forms to describe yourself in a positive light. They are not overly boastful, and they aren’t negative or self-depreciating – because, why would you want to do that?:

    • able
    • accepting
    • accomplished
    • accountable
    • active
    • adaptable
    • adventurous
    • agreeable
    • ambitious
    • amenable
    • amiable
    • approachable
    • articulate
    • assertive
    • athletic
    • attentive
    • authentic
  •  
    • balanced
    • brave
    • calm
    • candid
    • careful
    • chilled
    • clean
    • cohesive
    • collaborative
    • competitive
    • confident
    • conservative
    • considerate
    • considered
    • cooperative
    • courageous
    • courteous
    • creative
  •  
    • decisive
    • dedicated
    • dependable
    • detailed
    • determined
    • diligent
    • diplomatic
    • direct
    • driven
    • dutiful
    • dynamic
  •  
    • easy-going
    • educated
    • efficient
    • effusive
    • empathetic
    • encouraging
    • energetic
    • engaged
    • enterprising
    • enthusiastic
    • entrepreneurial
    • ethical
    • expansive
    • experienced
    • extroverted
  •  
    • fair
    • faithful
    • family-oriented
    • fast
    • fearless
    • flexible
    • focused
    • forgiving
    • fortuitous
    • friendly
    • funny
    • generous
    • genuine
    • goal-oriented
    • grateful
  •  
    • hard-working
    • helpful
    • honest
    • humorous
    • hysterical
    • idealistic
    • imaginative
    • impartial
    • indefatigable
    • independent
    • industrious
    • inquisitive
    • insightful
    • inspired
    • intelligent
    • introverted
    • intuitive
    • inventive
  •  
    • joyful
    • judicious
    • kind
    • knowledgeable
    • leader
    • learner
    • level-headed
    • loyal
  •  
    • mature
    • mediator
    • mentor
    • methodical
    • meticulous
    • modest
    • motivated
    • multilingual
  •  
    • objective
    • open
    • open-minded
    • optimistic
    • organized
    • original
    • particular
    • passionate
    • patient
    • peaceful
    • perceptive
    • perfectionist
    • persistent
    • personable
    • persuasive
    • philosophical
    • positive
    • practical
    • pragmatic
    • precise
    • proactive
    • productive
    • professional
    • proficient
    • progressive
    • protective
    • proud
    • punctual
  •  
    • qualified
    • quick
    • quick-learner
    • quiet
    • quirky
    • random
    • rational
    • receptive
    • reflective
    • reliable
    • religious
    • resolute
    • resourceful
    • respectful
    • responsible
    • responsive
  •  
    • selfless
    • sensible
    • serious
    • shy
    • silly
    • sincere
    • skilled
    • sociable
    • spiritual
    • spontaneous
    • sporty
    • stable
    • strategic
    • strong
    • studious
    • subjective
    • successful
  •  
    • tactful
    • team-player
    • technological
    • tenacious
    • thorough
    • tidy
    • tolerant
    • traditional
    • trustworthy
  •  
    • unconventional
    • understanding
    • unique
    • upbeat
    • uplifting
    • versatile
    • vibrant
    • virtuous
    • visionary
    • warm-hearted
    • witty
    • wordly

 

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Good Words To Describe Yourself – On a Resume or CV

As a Human Resources professional, I have interviewed many people, and asked this question many, many times in a professional setting. The best answers to this question are always when the person has considered the requirements of the jobs against their adjectives.

Yes, you may be ‘shy’ – but that’s not a good word to describe yourself when you are applying for a customer service facing job. It doesn’t mean you will be bad at the job, but you’re certainly not choosing a words that highlights to me that you will be. Or, you may be a ‘visionary’, and ‘entrepreneurial’, and that is wonderful, but not a great match for a process-heavy, repetitive job that I’m hiring for.  

Instead:

  • Create a list of 10-20 good words that describe yourself first, then
  • Consider the requirement for the position – what words would describe the ideal person for this position? (Hint: they are often clearly stated in the job advertisement)
  • Match the two lists you have created and find the common words – these are the ones you need to be highlighting!

The purpose of such a question is really to see that you understand the requirements of the position and to learn if you identify with these attributes. Give yourself the best chance of standing out by presenting yourself in a positive light.

Adjectives About Yourself

There are a lot of words that can be used to describe people, and it’s important to choose words that accurately portray who you are and to take into account the context in which you are using them.

For example, the words you use to describe yourself in an interview will likely be different to the words you would use to describe yourself in an online dating profile, or online membership group. Be sure to consider how you want to present yourself!

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