How to Show Attention to Detail

By Phil Baker,

Because you have experience at a job, profession, or task, does not necessarily prove you pay attention to detail. In fact experience can even work against you here. How? The tasks we become most familiar with are the ones we often become the most careless. Think about when you were trying something for the first time when you were cautious and focusing on every detail to get it right. That same focus diminishes as we become accustom to an action or job.

Working in relevant statements about how you pay attention to detail on your resume is a benefit.
Many employers want to know you can pay attention to detail. Most employers know that even the largest of projects are dependent on the smallest details. If you wish to attract the attention of an employer you will be assessed by your accomplishments and your ability to pay attention to detail.

Our world consists of detail, much of it so minute that it must be viewed under a microscope.

  • Business owners and managers pour over reports looking for trends in the smallest of details. One small miscalculation can cost them everything.
  • CSI departments now find the smallest of details to build a case and prosecutors and defense attorneys know their cases and peoples lives are dependent on the finest of points.
  • Teachers grade papers where a misplaced decimal point can change a grade.
  • Athletes and coaches live or die by inches, moments, and points.
  • Doctors hold people’s lives in their hands and one mistake can end them.
  • Engineers must make exact calculations or structures can collapse.
  • Marketers conduct split tests that focus on a color shade or font change.
  • Computer programmers cannot afford to mistype one digit in a code of millions of characters.

Most jobs involve close attention to details. Even if you are new to the workforce you can demonstrate that you pay attention to detail.

Statements that show a habit of paying attention to details.

Prepared daily routes for all delivery drivers which included pinpointing addresses and marking the shortest distance between points in logical succession which expedited deliveries.

Kept detailed records of expenses throughout construction projects.

Recorded all purchases and deposits and balanced checkbook monthly.

Seven years as band member playing the violin and cello.

Maintained accurate monthly expense account while traveling six state territory.

Restored a 1964 Chevrolet Impala from the ground up to original condition that has won seven first place trophies.

Statements that show accomplishments from paying attention to details and had positive results.

Created and submitted plans, bought materials, and constructed 720 square foot deck that conformed to city codes.

Collected 176 family recipes and created a cookbook that has sold more than 15,700 copies to date.

Performed annual audit of company books finding mistakes and making corrections saving more than $78,021 in taxes.

Spotted mistake in the drug being administered to a patient preventing possible injury.

Positive results can be a benefit, savings, or prevention. See more statements that show attention to detail using power words.

71 Common Ways to Show Attention to Detail

Here are common ways to show your attention to detail. They are common because none of these activities need to be your profession for you to have performed them on the job or at home.
Write statements that involve these activities.

  • Assembling – Computers, Household Items, Office Furniture
  • Balancing Checkbook
  • Bookkeeping
  • Borrowing Money – Calculating payments, completing application forms
  • Budgeting – office or home budget
  • Building a Deck
  • Buying Property – amortization, closing costs, escrow, interest rates, monthly payments, taxes and insurance, terms
  • Calculating – credit, college costs, living expenses, purchase
  • Car Detailing
  • Caring for a Baby/Babysitting
  • Caring for Elderly
  • Cataloging Books, Files, Music, or Videos
  • Cleaning
  • Comparing Nursing Homes
  • Completing forms -insurance, school, sports
  • Conducting a Garage Sale
  • Cooking- Following Recipes
  • Creating a Website
  • Credit Report – reviewing and repairing
  • Data Entry
  • Diagnostics
  • Divorce – Dividing Property
  • Drawing
  • Event Planning – party, reunion, wedding
  • Filing – forms, papers
  • Filing Income Taxes
  • Following Instructions
  • Giving Directions
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Hobbies and Crafts
  • Interpreting
  • Keeping Score
  • Lawsuit – Small Claims Court
  • Learning
  • Listening
  • Maintaining Property
  • Making Deliveries
  • Making Purchases
  • Managing a Team
  • Noticing a Need
  • Organizing
  • Painting
  • Painting
  • Paying Bills
  • Performing Research
  • Planning a Remodeling Project
  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Playing Games – Trivial Pursuit
  • Pool Maintenance
  • Preparing Presentations
  • Proofreading
  • Reading
  • Remembering lines for acting
  • Repairing Household Items
  • Reporting
  • Reviewing Documents
  • Reviewing Legal Documents
  • Running a Business
  • Scheduling
  • Setting Up Accounts
  • Shipping and Receiving Packages
  • Software Installation
  • Studying
  • Supervising
  • Taking Messages
  • Taking Notes
  • Tracking events
  • Trouble shooting
  • Writing a Speech
  • Writing Proposals
  • Writing Summaries
  • Writing Thank You Cards


Here are some common phrases that show attention to detail:

  • a fine-toothed comb
  • aware of
  • call attention to
  • caught my eye
  • chapter and verse
  • count
  • down to brass tacks
  • draw attention to
  • draw it to my attention
  • eagle eyes
  • figure out
  • fine points
  • fuss over
  • get your attention
  • go into detail
  • inspect
  • letter-perfect
  • never missing a trick
  • nitpick
  • nitty gritty
  • notice every detail
  • nuts and bolts
  • paint a picture
  • pay attention
  • persnickety
  • pour over
  • put the finishing touches on
  • stickler for details
  • thinking ahead
  • tie up loose ends
  • to the nth degree
  • touch up
  • type A

See power words for resume writing that show attention to detail.

Synonyms and descriptors: ABCs, accessory article, analyze, catalog, component, count, cue, delineate, depict, describe, design, designate, dope, elaborate, element, embellish, enumerate, epitomize, exhibit, fact, factor, fine point, fly speck, fraction, individualize, item, itemize, label, lay out, minor point, minutia, nitty-gritty, nuts and bolts, part, particular, particularize, peculiarity, plan, point, portion, quote chapter and verse, recapitulate, recite, recount, report, reveal, schedule, set forth, show, specialize, specialty, specification, spell out, stipulate, structure, summarize, sweat the details, technicality, trait, trivia, triviality, uncover

Copyright 2009 Resume Dictionary

Hyo’s Note – Not only is Phil the creator of the OneClick Cover Letter Creator Software Program  (a ridiculous easy to use, yet effective software that creates cover letters tailored to your needs) which you can visit here, or you can read my review of it here, but he also has a tremendous website, www.ResumeDictionary.com.  Resume Dictionary might just be the best, free resume resource site out there – jammed with great information and tips on getting your resume water tight and rocking. 

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