How to Describe Yourself: 180 Words for Your Positive Qualities

Updated on November 10, 2019
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Susana has a background in self development training which includes helping people describe themselves and their positive qualities.

Describe Yourself for Dating, Job Interviews, Resumes & School Homework

Learning how to describe yourself accurately is something we usually have to put some effort into. This seems to be especially true in most western cultures, where being honest about our skills, qualities, and attributes can be confused with being arrogant, "blowing your own trumpet," and being excessively self-indulgent.

If we do learn to describe ourselves, we can become being our own confidence guru and simply acknowledge and appreciate our own positive qualities.

Ready? Scroll down for list of 180 adjectives to help you describe yourself.

Are You Empathetic?

Words to Describe Yourself Professionally

If you've already been interviewed for a job, you know the question: What would you say is your best quality? It can be an uncomfortable question to answer, especially since you're already nervous about the interview. What do they want to hear?

The good news is that it's possible to be completely honest. Because we can all identify with 90% of these adjectives in some situation or other, I suggest picking 10 to 15 words that describe you most of the time, regardless of the situation. It might be helpful to think about who are you when you are on your own, doing your own thing. There will be very few other people who will identify the exact same combination, because we're all different.

Once you've come up with a few words, think of situations from your life that demonstrate that quality.

Unique Adjectives to Use on a Resume

 
 
 
Inventive
Exciting
Thoughtful
Powerful
Practical
Proactive
Productive
Professional
Meticulous
Quick
Balanced
Achiever
Knowledgeable
Leader
Diplomatic
Logical
Initiator
Original
Outgoing
Particular
Patient
Active
Positive
Consistent
Compassionate
Incredible
Independent
Precise
Mediator
Emotional
Cheerful
Forgiving
Responsive
Candid
Industrious
Cooperative

Are You Analytical?

Positive Descriptive Words to Use in a Job Interview

 
 
 
Honest
Assertive
Attentive
Direct
Broad-Minded
Committed
Conscientious
Dynamic
Customer-Oriented
Persistent
Mature
Methodical
Motivated
Objective
Tenacious
Sociable
Friendly
Realistic
Reliable
Resourceful
Respectful
Responsible
Creative
Confident
Traditional
Trustworthy
Unconventional
Unique
Ecclectic
Observant
Innovative
Imaginative
Thorough

Why It's Important to Know Your Strengths

From my experience delivering training programs and seminars about building confidence and self-esteem, people get very quiet when they're are asked to describe five of their best qualities. "I don't know" is the most common response.

Conversely, we're all pretty good at listing our faults and failings. It's as if people don't dare to ask the question, "What's good about me?"

If this describes you, then it's even more important for you to do this exercise. Words are powerful! If you come up with a list of your best traits, even if it feels awkward to do so, you'll start believing them! This confidence will help you out in both your career and your personal life.

Are You Creative?

Positive Descriptions for College Applications

 
 
 
Optimistic
Accomplished
Adept
Analytical
Articulate
Artistic
Self-Disciplined
Controversial
Individual
Tolerant
Reflective
Participatory
Selfless
Sophisticated
Commited
Strong
Successful
Diplomatic
Talented
Team player
Fun
Intelligent
Changeable
Passionate
Intense
Intuitive
Upbeat
Vibrant
Funny
Constructive
Hard-Working
Dependable
Direct
Collaborative
Loyal
Engaged
Empathetic
Observant
Thoughtful

Why Do You Want to Describe Yourself?

What made you want to know how to describe yourself?

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Are You Diplomatic?

How to Turn a "Negative" Into a Positive

What would you say if you were asked, "What's your biggest weakness?"

Not sure? You might even wonder why employers even ask such a weird question. The objective with a question like this is to see how a person responds when they're thrown off base a little. It's also a way to force an applicant to reflect on how they've grown or want to grow.

The key to answering this question successfully is to show that you've reflected on your personality and have identified ways to improve.

Come up with a few words that you think describe your negative traits. Here are a few examples:

  • controlling
  • rude
  • shy

Ok, now with a little thinking and reflection these traits could provide insights into your best qualities. For example, a controlling person might have a hard time asking for help. Have you ever wished you'd accepted an offer of help from a friend or co-worker? Are you aware of the benefits of not always being in charge? If so, you're looking for opportunities to let go and work with others for better results.

Rudeness can easily be re-framed as bluntness and honesty. But you may feel that you can be a bit too honest at times. Describe a situation when you said something that may have been true, but that you wished you'd kept to yourself. Then explain that you're working on making your feedback more constructive.

There's nothing wrong with shyness, but you may feel that it holds you back from participating fully. Maybe there have been times when you wished you'd been more assertive. Explain that you're working on speaking up more and overcome your fear of offending others.

Words to Describe Yourself on Online Dating Sites

 
 
 
Direct
Enthusiastic
Spontaneous
Open
Adventurous
Lighthearted
Communicative
Passionate
Witty
Self-Aware
Playful
Strong-Willed
Easy-Going
Intellectual
Silly
Responsive
Big-Hearted
Intense

Unique Adjectives to Describe Your Personality

 
 
 
Competitive
Political
Socially Conscious
Modest
Courageous
Enthusiastic
Enterprising
Entrepreneurial
Facilitator
Focused
Genuine
Open-Minded
Wise
Sensitive
Witty
Sensible
Sincere
Skilled
Solid
Communicative
Helpful
Fast
Responsible
Results-Driven
Results-Oriented
Self-Reliant
Organised
Knowledgeable
Logical
Personable
Amiable
Flexible
Adaptable
Persuasive
Perceptive
Insightful
Trustworthy
Easy-Going
Visionary
Imaginative
Warm
Ambitious
Diplomatic
Curious
Persuasive

Take This Quiz: Which Words Describe You?

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Ask Yourself Now: "What's good about you?"

How many descriptive words can you come up with? Knowing how to describe yourself is something that comes in very useful especially on resumes, on job applications, and when meeting new people.

On top of that, many of us use dating websites or forums and have profile pages on various websites that ask us to describe ourselves or provide a bio. In the online world, the only tools we have available to make an impression are words. So using them to create a good online perception and making the most of our online relationships is important.

An added bonus to knowing how to describe our positive qualities is that it helps us combat all the negative talk that goes on in our heads -- the voice that continually tells us what and where we're going wrong.

What to Do With Your List of Positive Qualities

So, how did you get on? How does it feel to identify your positive qualities? Good, I hope!

You may have undertaken this exercise because your teacher asked you to. Perhaps you're about to interview for a job or are making an online profile. In any case, here are some "next steps" to make the best use of the list you've made:

  • Look over your list of adjectives. Say them out loud to yourself with "I am . . ." before each one.
  • If you are interviewing for a job, look back at the job description and circle all the adjectives and phrases on your list that best relate to the position. Pick two or three words that relate to both you and to the job.
  • Be prepared to give examples of specific times when you've demonstrated the adjectives that you've chosen. For example, if you tell the interviewer that you're "reliable," describe projects you have completed on deadline or times when an employer or teacher have commented that they can count on you.
  • If you're applying to a school or university, read over the school's website and look for clues about the kind of student they are looking for. All schools want students that are "hard-working," "inquisitive," and "persistent." Show them your unique qualities. Are you particularly creative and imaginative? Are you exceptionally focused and determined? Do you have a big heart for social justice? Toot your own horn!

How Do I Describe Myself?

 
 
 
Perceptive
Down-to-Earth
Open-Minded
Knowledgable
Logical
Analytical
Quick learner
Genuine
Warm
Inventive
Rebellious
Generous
 
Insightful
 
These are some of the words that I think best describe me.

Questions & Answers

  • How can I describe myself in three words?

    Go through the list of adjectives in the main article and find the words that most resonate with you. In the article, I advise you to think about who you are when you're on your own and free from outside influences. If you're still struggling to describe yourself think about what's important to you. Are you a tidy person? Are you someone who likes to socialize? What interests you? If a loved one was in trouble how would you react? How have other people complimented you?

    To me, the most impressive 3 words to describe someone would be compassionate, generous, warmhearted. With qualities like that, a person can go really far in life.

  • How would you describe yourself as an engineer or for an engineering job?

    Words that would be appropriate for engineers to describe themselves would include ones such as: research skills, intelligence, mathematical, detail-oriented, precise, perfectionist, exacting, methodological, excellent planning skills, technically minded, ability to critically analyze own work, open to feedback, manually dexterous, technical drawing skills, creative thinking, conceptualization, good communication skills, IT skills, scientific.

    All of these words are helpful to describe an engineer but the type of engineering you do or want to do may require additional descriptive words specific to the role.

© 2009 Susana Smith

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      Susana Smith 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Not really. Splendid is a great describing word for events or things e.g. a splendid day out or a splendid meal, it's not usually used to describe a person.

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