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By this time in your career, you should have advanced further. What has slowed down your career progression?

This question has been answered 9 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

Advice
When an interviewer sees slow career progression on your resume, they will immediately want to determine whether this is by your own choice, any outside circumstances, or if you just are not motivated to create growth in your career. If your job has progressed slower than you wish, you must be honest with the interviewer when discussing this.

Admin answer example
"I have progressed comfortably in my career as an Administrative Assistant. Although it may not seem as advanced as some, I am content with my progression as it has offered me a manageable pace."
Aircraft Maintenance Technician answer example
"I agree with you that my career progression has been slower than some. You will see that between 2001 - 2009 I worked for the same company without an increase in my job title. The company was too small to offer a promotion to me as the next level was ownership and the business wasn't for sale. After this, from 2009-2012 I was on leave as I needed to care for my ailing parents. The growth since returning to work has been steady but those years were a bit of a standstill for me. I am ready to spring into action now, and forge ahead in my career."
Basic answer example
"I agree with you that my career progression has been slower than some. You will see that between 2001 - 2009 I worked for the same company without an increase in the title. The company was too small to offer a promotion to me as the next level was ownership and the business wasn't for sale. After this, from 2009-2012 I was on leave as I needed to care for my ailing parents. The growth since returning to work has been steady but those years were a bit of a standstill for me. I am ready to spring into action now, and forge ahead in my career."
Laboratory Assistant answer example
"I agree with you that my career progression has been slower than some. You will see that between 2005 - 2009 I worked for the same company without an increase in my job title. The company was too small to offer a promotion to me as the next level was directorship which I didn't have the educational credentials for. After this, from 2009-2012 I was on leave as I needed to care for my ailing parents. The growth since returning to work has been steady but those years were a bit of a standstill for me. I am ready to spring into action now, and forge ahead in my career as a lab assistant."
Marketing answer example
"Early in my career, I was left to care for an elderly, sick parent. Her care required more of me than expected, so I allowed my marketing career to sit and wait. I am happy with that decision. Spending those last precious moments with a loved one is worth the setback."
News Director answer example
"Although it has taken me 10 years of my career to get to this position, I have always wanted to be a news director. After working in news and holding high up positions in news offices throughout the country, I believe I have all the qualifications necessary to make a good news director. Although it has taken me so long, I believe it was necessary to make me the perfect fit."
Retail answer example
"I feel that being loyal to the company that has groomed my retail sales career is more important than fast and false growth. I am happy with the progression that my career has offered so far but, yes, I am now ready for advancement."
Sales answer example
"It certainly appears that way. However, the compensation structure in the position above mine is not as lucrative. I have been offered a promotion numerous times, but I know full well that my earning potential is greater where I am now."
Teacher answer example
"Advancement in the education realm is a funny thing. I quite like the classes that I teach and, yes, I could advance; however, that would require uprooting my family and moving which I am not willing to do. For myself, being content is more important than the advancement shown on my resume."

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By this time in your career, you should have advanced further. What has slowed down your career progression?
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My years of experience in a hospital laboratory setting has prepared me.
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With a background in biology I can bring forth knowledgable experience. I am focused and very detailed oriented. I know what it takes to have a labfunction properly with the best outcomes.
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I am a dedicated individual that throughly understands what the words dependable, hardworking and detail oriented means.I have the experience you desire in a hospital,ER, and disaster zone setting you need.
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I love my job place like my second home.
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I am a team player and maintain a positive attitude.
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I pay a greater attention to detail, I am reliable, dependable.
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Willingness to learn and im dedicated and looking forward to gain all the experience with the oppurtunity, im also reliable and I can be depeneded on.
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Arrive to work everyday and on time or early.
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In my past role I turned around quality assurance for point of care testing from 43% participation to 100%
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I am extremely meticulous and I do tend to focus on details. I like a job well done and I intend on doing the same here if I get the job.
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I feel you can rely on me to be dependable, when ever you need me I'm there. I feel I have been the pt. And I can empathise with most people that have been struggeling with certain issues.
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Hardworking, time efficient, great attention to detail, reliable and dependable.
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I'm very patient, I speak another language, very good memory.
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I have over 20 years experience working in the hospital environment as well as diagnostic laboratory and out patient clinic.
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I am very dedicated and hard worker . I am very patient and quick learner.
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I consider myself to be someone who not only has the skills to perform the job, but most importantly be a team player and be one who possesses integrity.
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I can use my knowledge that I have attained so far from working at healthscope and Dorevitch Pathology.
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With my skills and knowledge I know what it takes to have lab function properly.
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I am very detail-oriented, focused, and I work well in teams. This allows me to be careful when running lab tests and preparing specimens. Although I have never held a lab assistant position, I am a fast learner, which I am certain that I will not only learn fast, but in an efficient manner.
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I will show up everyday and will not make excuses for my shortcomings. Also I will always strive to improve myself and continue to learn even more things that can help the company.
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I can speak two languages. Arabic and English, which I found really helpful during practicum.
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Well, my best character which makes me suitable for the position of a Laboratory Assistant is my passion and knowledge for Science and also hardwork. I think due to this I will be able to look after my students to the best of my ability and help them succeed in their practical work schedule which in tern will help them in their theory work. However my ability to help students will depend on how much I will allowed to do with the permission of the Science teachers.
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I am able to handle many jobs at once. I held a position as a research assistant during the summer, I was assigned 4 or 5 jobs at one time and would have different deadlines for each of them. I worked to finish the introductory sections of each job first so I would be able to tell which would require the most work.
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I can satisfy your needs inside the laboratory, I can be a all around assistant when you needed to and I am very passionate in my work just to help you and other people with a warm heart.
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I can provide timely completion of tasks, an easy going co-worker, and an optimistic attitude.
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I have almost a years experience already working in the laboratory; I have shown that I am flexible with my working commitments and able to help at less socialbhle times, as well as always being on time to work, I am very reliable in that respect. I get on well with the team I am currently working with, and enjoy my days at the laboratory because of this; I am able to mix well with people and make the environment a nice place to work in.
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Dedicated to her work, dependable, timely, polite, and a team player.
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I can work in collaboration to improve the quality and academic excellence of your organization.
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I will try my best in knowledge.
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I have lots of varied experience, I have knowledge and understanding of science from my college and university studies where I performed highly. I have practical experience from working in labs outwith university and additionally I have expereince in a caring healthcare setting from my midwifery studies. I think you would have other applicants that may have lab experience or degrees but I have a wide range of experiences that make me stand out for this role.
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Since I have experience in this field I already come with some knowledge of the kind of job I will be performing for this lab.
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I can come up with multiple solutions to a problem, mostly people have their mind set on one agenda and then tag along, if there is a problem between two parties, I put myself in place of both the parties and weigh which side sounds more reasonable to side with, usually in chaotic situations I have the ability to think with a calm mind.
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I have knowledge of computers besides mlt. I have worked in many health camps so I have a good communication skills. I am passionate and motivated to achieve success of both for my own and my company.
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I can not say anything about others, however I am a hardworking and proactive individual, isf given a chance my work would speak for me.
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I am always give to 100% effort and keen to learn for new work stuff. I will doing keep to update work and clear for outstanding.
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Because of my talent to pay close attention to detail, I believe I can bring that gift to the table, I'm able to recognize and point out any mistakes that may occur within our work.
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With a background in microbiology I can bring my knowledge and experience here. Moreover I am hard working and a good team player.
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I am a very dedicated and hardworking individual, I will treat this place like my second home. I have leadership qualiti4es, am very adaptable/flexible and I make sure I get the job done.
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We can put password for all the things.
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I can't speak about other candidates but as for me, I consider myself to be the most hardworking, dependable, punctual and best problem solving person there is.
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I can be hardworking, surprising, super impressive and most importantly im interested in working which can be my biggest advantage to work and prove myself better than othrs.
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I am not sure what other candidates bring to the table, but I am confident that I am hardworking and my passion toward science will be a great asset to this lab. My former supervisor wrote on a recommendation letter that I pay attention to detail and highly analytical. I am excited to learn about echo view software and the research conducted in this lab.
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I will give my 100% to my work.
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I'm sure the company choose all around excellent employees with different talents, but I think I can provide to be a reliable and innovative source for others.
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I'm dedicated, efficient, hungry to learn.
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I can give you much more time for the colege.. which other can't do.
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I am very passionate and committed to learning, and I have found from my past work experience that I am very adaptable, able to work both autonomously and as part of team.
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I can bring my enthusiasm to this role. I can incorporate my passion with my potential in order to deliver in this working environment.
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Work hard since the beginning until the end of work and work in a team.
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I can offer my exceptional skills and my passion for this job. I assure you that I am the perfect fit and be an asset to this company.
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Without much experience as a laboratory assistant, you can train me to do tasks your way and I assure you I will follow those directions every time.
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Commitment to justify my work and accept my failure if I tend to commit mistake and in turn learn from it.
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I will try my best to do my duty.
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Provide integrity and take time to listen to patients or customers to seek to workout a collaborative solution.
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I have great work ethics with great time management. I get a task done in a timely fashion. I want to learn so that I can apply my prior knowledge and what I'll be learning towards my work.
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As I have more than 91/2 years pathology collectors skills, Ican easily learn the things fast and adapt easily.
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Dedication and accotability.
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Use my current abilities.
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Having worked in a Japanese company, my working style is completely attuned with working Japanese and Indian working style.
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I can provide excellent attention to detail and be able to listen or ask questions when necessary. With 4 years of college, I have seen lab work done and am comfortable with it.
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Care in my work. I don't want to pass on a less than perfect step in the process. I also want to learn so that I can make sure what I do makes the job of the next person easier.
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The passion of learning and the courage of trying.
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I have experience in other labs that have been offered at the school.
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I will give the report standard.
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I have no preconceived notions of how to perform my job. I'm very flexible can take any shift.
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I am not sure what other candidates bring to the table, but I am confident that I am hardworking and my passion toward science will be a great asset to this lab. My former supervisor wrote on a recommendation letter that I pay attention to detail and highly analytical. I am excited to learn about echo view software and the research conducted in this lab.
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I go over the 100% required to perform the tasks given, excellent time management and quick learner.
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Cytogenetics experience.
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My experience . Hard work high standard.
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I am very ambitious and want to learn as much as I can about my new profession.
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I am able to thrive under pressure, and put work through in a timely manner, without falling under stress.
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On my expertise I will do what they can do.
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Because I have a specific interest in pharmaceutical research, but I have no experience in the field, I can assure you that I will always come into work eager to learn, understand, and perfect the procedures while I am here.
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If you mean about the job I will try to do in a perfect manner.
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Being on time work not being late good performance and attendance if something come up or emergency I like being there right away I do my job done and great attitude.
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I have a variety of healthcare work experience and a biomedical degree.
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I am very self motivated and will always be happy and will to do anything regardless of the task.
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Passionate for the job, reliable and hardworking.
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I have previously worked with lab equipments and labs, both in high school and college, and also consider myself to be hardworking and diligent.
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I can provide experience and knowledge of both basic chemistry and biology.
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I can bring fresh enthusiasm for the work that your company does.
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I can bring a dedicated spirit that I know will lend way to me being successful at whatever task I am given.
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I can provide excellent customer servic with the knowledge and hands on experience ive gained from class.
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I can observe the oppertunities for growth with due honor.
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I can bring in the lessons and techniques that I have learned during my college years in practice. Plus, my diverse job experience of the past will surely help me put the methodology differently than other participants.
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Hard work, taking work seriously ,
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I'll bring a little bit of sunshine to everyone's everyday lives.
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I am very passionate in everything I do. I will always strive to improve and learn more.
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I am able to give the best possible response in a situation after carefully accessing it.
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I am passionate and experienced in lab duties so I like chaallenges.
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I can add more values professionally and customer-wise to the company.
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I can make an impact and bring benefit to the company.
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Attention to detail- record the data- hardworking-
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I can give you 110%, I can give you more lab experience than the other candidates.
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Being loyal to this company...
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I am respectful and very easy to work with. I can bring forth a positive work environment with professional interpersonal relationships.
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Provide you with excellent customer, patient care,
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I believe that my problem solving skills and people skills differentiates from other candidates. I am motivated, disciplined, focus, and am willing to do whatever it takes me to get the job done.
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I am very enthusiastic and a fast learner, eager to grow in this job role if given the opportunity. I can bring excellent organisation and time managment to the job role.
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I am willing to take extra time to learn whatever is necessary to get my job done as efficiently and effectively as possible. Whether this means learning a new software or reading ten books, I'll do it.
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Provide you with excellence in my job performance, through my dedication of being passionate abpout my job.

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