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How would your most recent manager describe you?
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Example #1
"In my last performance review and also in some casual discussions, my manager has described me as motivated, encouraging to others, and consistent. I strive to exceed expectations when I can, and I encourage my fellow team members to deliver their best work. My current manager is happy to speak on my behalf as a positive reference."
Example #2
"My last manager and I had a close relationship. She appreciated all of my efforts when it came to working overtime and taking my work home when required. In the past, she described me as unique, reliable, and energetic. I have many emails from her expressing thanks for my positive influence and reliability."
Example #3
"My District Manager and I get along well. He values my industry knowledge and gives me the freedom to do my job with autonomy. If asked, he would tell you that I am dedicated and will go the extra mile to deliver results. My performance metrics confirm this as well, and I am happy to show you a performance report from my last 90 days."
Example #4
"My Marketing Director recently reviewed me, noting that I show fortitude during long-term and challenging projects. She also noted that I am creative in my approach to new marketing roll-outs and great with client communication in situations of ambiguity. My project results reflect these traits, and I am happy to ask her to be an employment reference when we reach that stage."
Example #5
"I am confident that my most recent manager will give me a glowing reference. She lobbied for my promotion to Assistant Manager and mentored me when I stepped into the new role. She would describe me as dedicated, loyal, a quick learner, and highly adaptable to change. I am proud of these traits and love that she, and others, have recognized these characteristics in me!"
Example #6
"My manager often has nice things to say about me. In my most recent performance review, he was impressed that I exceeded February's sales target by the 9th of the month. He also mentioned how he appreciates my initiative in tackling new projects, such as the product roll-out I have been working on with the marketing team for the past three months. I feel fortunate to have a great rapport with my leader. I would be happy to put you in touch with my manager when the time comes for a verbal reference."
Example #7
"The department head at my current school has described me as passionate, excited, and reliable. I brought a copy of last years' performance review if you'd like to read it. I am very proud that my passion and love for the teaching shines through to my department head, the students that I teach, and my esteemed coworkers."
Example #8
"In my recent performance reviews and discussions, my manager describes me as a hard worker, motivated, and consistent employee. I always strive to exceed expectations when I can. My current manager is happy to speak on my behalf as a positive reference as well."
Example #9
"My coworkers say I'm easy to work with because I try to have a good attitude, even when I have a heavy workload."
Example #10
"My former employer would say that I am a very hard worker, that I have excellent communication skills and that I am extremely customer-oriented."
Example #11
"My old boss would say I'm easy to work with because I try to have a good attitude, even when I have a heavy workload. My last job was working in construction, and my boss always complimented me on the consistency in my work and my attention to detail. I was also good at anticipating problems before they became an issue, taking a proactive approach to my work at all times."
Example #12
"My supervisor would describe my work ethic as excellent. I am a hard worker who thrives on challenges and who works tireless to get the job done. I am also a committed and reliable professional who remains highly respectful and professional at all times."
Example #13
"During busy times, I remember that the needs of the patient come first. My triage skills come into use to prioritize the order in which I provide patient care. It's critical to exercise good communication between myself, the physicians, and my patients. Once I have established a good line of communication, I remember to stay calm and handle patients with quality care and empathy one at a time."
Example #14
"My previous manager would often compliment me on my ability to stay organized through the busiest times. I believe he would also say that I am a very cooperative employee, reliable and knowledgeable in quality control processes."
Example #15
"My last employer would describe me as the go-to for the office. I bring many years and a lot of experience to the job."
Example #16
"My former employer would say that I am a highly meticulous individual and a very hard worker. I always review my work at least twice before submission and am one of the first employees in the office every morning."
Example #17
"My former employer would say I'm easy to work with because I have a good attitude, even when I have a heavy workload."
Example #18
"My last boss would describe me as a team player. My boss noticed my co-workers were always looking to me for guidance and instruction. My co-workers respected my opinion and would regularly come to me for assistance. Because of the rapport with my colleges my boss asked if I would lead the team on a big project. The process ran smoothly and everyone respected me as the team leader. We were very successful in completing the project."
Example #19
"My former employer would say that I am a very hard worker, that I have excellent time management skills and that I am extremely customer-oriented."
Example #20
"My former employer has spoken very highly of me in my previous performance reviews. I've been described as reliable, a hard worker and a strong team player. These are all qualities that I would love to bring to your organization."
Example #21
"John has told me that I am a hard worker, and he has told me that he really likes how I am always happy to be at work!"
Example #22
"I have a lot of experience working at my last camp with campers from all over the country, many had different belief systems. I was able to create it into a program to the campers to learn about other people while also respecting others choices. I choose to keep my own beliefs to myself, which allowed for the children to comfortably ask me questions about other people's beliefs."
Example #23
"I believe that my former employer would say that I am a hard worker, dedicated and willing to go the extra mile. I think they would say that I am a team player and happy to get involved in whatever needs to be achieved. We have also discussed that I find it difficult to say no which means I can have too much on sometimes but I am a good communicator and keep my Manager up to date with everything that is going on"
Example #24
"My old boss says I'm easy to work with because I have a good attitude, even when I have a heavy workload. At the adult day care program I had several difficult patients. Even though I worked longer hours, I learned how to address behavioral issues and really got to help my patients by spending more intensive time with them. I maintained in good spirits and I didn't let the challenges overwhelm me."
Example #25
"Since I work at a family medicine practice, I have experience collecting many types of lab samples, including blood, urine, fecal, skin, and other types of samples. Any time I collect a sample from a patient, I always confirm their name and date of birth to ensure I am matching the sample back to the appropriate patient, then after the sample is collected, I document it in our laboratory log, so there is a record of it going out to the lab. It is just important that the lab sample is documented appropriately, so we can track and monitor the sample, and ensure the patient gets the results."
Example #26
"My boss would describe me as a hard worker, motivated and consistent. I always strive to exceed expectations when I can, and I feel like I've done a good job following through by meeting deadlines and completing projects as they were assigned."
Example #27
"My former employer would describe me as patient, knowledgable, reliable and a fast worker. I have some former written reviews if you would like to see them."
Example #28
"Overall my boss was very pleased with my performance. My last job was working retail, staying late and working early morning and late night shifts. I kept a positive attitude in stressful situations and worked well with my team. I learned a lot about how to give a customer the best experience, and I think my boss would say that's where I showed the most improvement."
Example #29
"My previous employer and I worked very closely together for many years. He would say that I am a hard worker who is willing to go above and beyond expectations to ensure a job well done. My performance reviews were always good. He will be happy to provide a strong reference for you. We parted on very amicable terms."
Example #30
"When a patient doesn't take responsibility to start making changes that are constructive in their life, I find these cases very difficult. I do my best to empower them, because ultimately they are the ones who have control over their health and wellness. However, if they choose not to do the work, no plan of care will be effective."
Example #31
"I believe that he will describe me as the employee who always came to work on time and did his work with full dedication. I have always been ready to go to that extra mile for the greater good of the company. I think thats what he will say about me but then of course you have to contact him to ask more."
Example #32
"I realize that salaries are often determined by the amount of experience an applicant has. I appreciate the fact that employers recognize experience as a factor in determining pay and am willing to show that I am worthy."
Example #33
"My supervisor would describe me as an energetic, hardworking, knowledgeable Occupational Therapist. He would say that I'm always willing to help others and that I love my job."
Example #34
"My last boss would describe me as a mentor. My boss noticed my co-workers were always looking to me for guidance and instruction. My co-workers respected my opinion and would regularly come to me for as​sistance. Because of the rapport with my colleagues, my boss asked if I would lead the team on a big project. The process ran smoothly and everyone respected me as the team leader. We were very successful in completing the project."
Example #35
"Every time I sell fuel, I also offer a discounted pack of car washes, washer fluid, and snacks. These are all items that are easy to upsell since they are related to driving, road trips, and regular vehicle maintenance. I would say, on average, I upsell around 20% more of the original transaction. This up-selling makes a significant difference for my employers' bottom line."
Example #36
"My boss tells me that I have a sixth sense​ for sales and I learn new information and procedures quickly. These skills account for my two promotions in three years. My boss was also impressed by how I was able to lead my team."
Example #37
"My boss would say that I'm dedicated to my job, compassionate with my patients and a great team player."
Example #38
"I recently became engaged. Although we have not set a date yet, we have agreed to wait twelve months before the marriage. My fiance' just passed the Bar exam here and has been offered an opportunity to join an existing law firm. Presently, our plans are to stay where we are and build a career, not just work a job. Also, we do not plan on having children for at least two years after our marriage. We both feel that being able to become established in our careers and save for our future would be the responsible thing to do before starting a family."
Example #39
"The clinic where I currently work has an extensive patient demographic. This diversity keeps me on my toes during rounds. Everyone's needs are different. I have to be sensitive to varying cultures, genders, and religions. It has stretched me as a medical professional, and I wouldn't have it any other way."
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Example #41
"My boss would describe me as being dependable, knowledgeable and a hard worker. I like to train those around me, and challenge typical thinking patterns to include outside-of-the-box solutions."
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