What is patience?
A famous quote (dated who knows when…) goes that "patience is a virtue". But how would you translate this "intangible moral" on your resume without sounding too stuck up?
The better question we should be asking is if patience is as abstract a soft skill as many of us may consider?
Patience can be displayed in many cases and that's why it's difficult to outline. But, let's try to put patience into words.
It is to be able to wait for or pay attention to something for a long time. Also, to remain calm when facing difficult problems or people.
We must highlight that you shouldn't get annoyed, upset, or lose interest in the above-mentioned "activities".
Simply put - those who dedicate endless hours to chess, the hardest levels of Sudoku, or to arts-and-crafts activities are patient. And those skills could be very much relevant for your next job opportunity.
The following article will help you with the best tips and tricks on showcasing patience in a more professional light.
So, let's start with the obvious…
Why is patience important on your resume?
When studying your resume, recruiters are not only looking for a particular skill set but a mindset (e.g. displaying patience).
They know that patient people are irreplaceable to building sustainable office culture, as often, patient people become the backbone of the team. They can literally push everyone to grow both mentally and emotionally.
On a personal level, patient people don't jump to conclusions when facing a problem or challenge. They take the time to study and consider all aspects - and then make the decision.
Patient employees are pretty great communicators. They exhibit a solid character and know how to stay calm under pressure.
Basically the perfect colleague, mentor, and asset to any company. It's no wonder that recruiters tend to favor candidates who display patience.
And within your resume, there are a set of skills and activities that may hint at your ability to be patient.
Skills that help you highlight your patience
Patience isn't a race to show off the most skills and abilities. It's rather something you build over time.
Think of scenarios, where you have had to display the following skills within a professional capacity:
- Communications & teamwork: have you ever considered what makes somebody a good communicator and team player? The ability to listen without interrupting and mindfully take part in conversations. And the secret ingredients to becoming great at those are time and patience.
- Problem-solving: this skill has become one of the biggest clichés of 2021. Check on LinkedIn, and you'll find many "motivated problem-solvers, looking for the next challenge". But, the ability to find solutions can be a great skill to include on your resume, as long as you can demonstrate cases where you have had to plan and follow through.
- Leadership & mentoring: noteworthy leaders and mentors are patient. They know how to nurture others and help them become better professionals - by taking the time to understand their problems.