Personal Brand Adjectives

Here’s an inventory of adjectives to help you describe how you look at your best. We've seen thousands of resumes and CVs that say people are "motivated team players." Those are great things to be, yet too many people writing the exact same words. So they end up sounding like everyone else.

Use this list to get you started down your career branding path.  Remember, being great at work is not only about What you do (knowledge, skills, past experiences). It's also about How you do it. This list will help you articulate how you relate to people, how you think, how you influence, and how you get work done.

Remember that career branding isn't reserved for those who are looking for a job. Consider who you want to become and what you want to be known for. And then make small, constant steps toward that reputation. We meet a lot of people who are great at things they hate doing. We call them "laundry tasks" because it's like doing the laundry: you're great at it, but you don't want to do everyone else's. At work, you get asked to do what you're known for. This exercise helps you ensure you're getting more of what you want versus getting more of Susie's laundry.

Which 3-5 are you known for todayWhich ones do you want to be known for?

Absorber

Accepting

Accommodating

Accountable

Action Jackson

Action-Oriented

Adaptable

Admirable

Advocate

Agreeable

Altruistic

Ambassador

Ambitious

Anthropologist

Anticipator

Applier

Archaeologist

Archiver

Archivist

Assertive

Astute

Authenticity-Spotter

Barrier-Buster

Biographer

Bold

Brainstormer

Bridge-Builder

Busy

Candid

Captivating

Careful

Caring

Cautious

Celebrator

Certain

Challenger

Challenging

Change-Ready

Charming

Chatty

Choosy

Clarifier

Clever

Coach

Collector

Comforter

Committed

Completer

Compliant

Concentrated

Confidant

Confidence-Keeper

Confident

Configurer

Connector

Conscientious

Consensus Finder

Contemplative

Continuous Improver

Conversationalist

Coordinator

Corporate

Courageous

Creative

Creator

Credible

Culler

Curator

Curious

Customizer   

Data-driven

Decisive

Deep

Deep Connector

Dependable

Designer

Desirable

Diagnoser

Difference-Maker

Diligent

Diplomat

Diplomatic

Discoverer

Distractible

Doer

Dreamer

Driven

Driver

Dutiful

Dynamic

Early Adopter

Easygoing

Efficient

Encouraging

Energetic

Engaging

Enlister

Entertainer

Enthusiastic

Equitable

Evaluator

Exacting

Excellence-Seeker

Expert

Explainer

Explorer

Factual

Faithful

Fascinated

Fast

Fast-thinker

Feeler

Finisher

Fixer

Flexible

Forward-Looking

Fresh Thinker

Friendly

Fun

Future-Oriented

Futurist

Gamer

Generous

Genuine

Gets It Done

Gets It Going

Goal-oriented

Goes With Flow

Gregarious

Grounded

Group-Expander

Growth-Focused

Guardian

Happy

Highlighter

History Buff

Honest

Hopeful

Ice-Breaker

Idea-Connector

Imaginative

In the Moment

In Tune

Independent

Influential

Influential

Initiating

Inituitive

Innovator

Inquirer

Inquisitive

Insightful

Instigator

Instinctive

Integrating

Integrative

Intellectual

Intense

Intentional

Interactive

Interested

Intimate

Introspective

Investigator

Inviter

Joyful

Juggler

Just Ship

Knowledgeable

Leader

Librarian

Listener

Logical   

Loner

Loyal

Maestro

Mapmaker

Measurer

Mediator

Mentor

Methodical

Meticulous

Mindful

Momentum Creator

Monomaniacal

Multi-Passionate

Muser

Neat

Never Done

Numbers-Oriented

Observant

Observant Biographer

Observer

Open-Minded

Operations-Focused

Optimistic

Orderly

Org-Resuscitator

Organized

Organizer

Others-Oriented

Outlier Detector

Passionate

Patient

Pattern-Spotter

People-Aware

People-Investor

Perceptive

Performance-Oriented

Persevering

Persistent

Persuader

Persuasive

Philosopher

Philosophical

Planner

Policy-Maker

Positive

Potential-Spotter

Practical

Pragmatic

Pragmatist

Predictable

Predictor

Present

Presenter

Principled

Prioritizer

Private

Pro-Grade

Problem-Invader

Producer

Professional

Propulsive

Purpose Driven

Purpose-Centered

Purposeful Certain

Puzzle Piece Fitter

Questioning

Quick

Realistic

Rearranger

Reasoned

Recognizer

Reflective

Rehabilitator

Relationship-Focused

Reliable

Researcher

Resilient

Resourceful

Responsive

Revealing

Risk-Manager

Root Cause Finder

Routine

Rudder

Ruffled Feather Smoother

Rule Enforcer

Safe

Sage

Scientific

Scorekeeper

Scrappy

Seeker

Sees Who People Are

Selective

Self-Sacrificing

Self-Sufficient

Sensible

Serious

Similarity Spotter

Singular

Social

Solid

Solitude Seeker

Sorter

Spark

Spidey Sense

Sponge

Spontaneous

Stable

Standardizer

Star

Steady

Stimulator

Strategist

Strengths-Oriented

Striver

Strong Presence

Strong-Willed

Stroryteller

Structured

Studious

Successful

Sympathetic

Systematic

Tactful

Talent-Nurturer

Talker

Teacher

Thinker

Thoughtful

Tight-Circle

Timely

Tireless

Tolerant

Transformer

Transparent

Trend Spotter

Troubleshooter

Trustworthy

Trustworthy

Truth-Finder

Truth-teller

Unbound

Unifier

Unintimidated

Uniqueness-Spotter

Upbeat

Values-Driven

Variety Seeker

Visible

Vivid

Volunteer

Warm

Welcome Wagon

Welcoming

Well-planned

Well-Read

What-If-Thinker

Winner

Wise

Word Is Honor

Word Nerd

Workhorse

Writer

Here's a pdf version of this list if you prefer to work from a downloadable copy.