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If you were to describe a person as someone who has high expectations or standards (of their work, peers, or subordinates), what word would you use?

"Demanding" is the closest I have come but that's not quite correct. That leads to words like "stringent" and "exacting" which also aren't what I'm looking for.

Context: the classic resume word-choice struggle

As always, when nothing comes to mind I'm tempted to head back to the drawing board. Resume writing is such a silly exercise.

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Exigent, may well be another option. – Josh61 Apr 2 '14 at 14:33
While not quite the same as what you asked in the strictest of sense, methodical is a positive word for a resumé that would go well with the answer to this question – Tom J Nowell Apr 2 '14 at 19:31
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I like saying simply, "I have high standards for myself and teammates."

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I prefer that as well. I'd definitely take that route in an interview situation. However, I'm trying to remain as concise as possible on paper. – Preston Fitzgerald Apr 2 '14 at 14:42
The words already suggested are good if you are a writer but putting them on a resume could make you appear borderline OCD or at the very least, a bit pompous. – RyeɃreḁd Apr 2 '14 at 14:49
I tend to agree with that assessment. – Preston Fitzgerald Apr 2 '14 at 14:50

Consider punctilious

very careful about behaving properly and doing things in a correct and accurate way

Also consider

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+1 back at ya. These are all positive connotations. Much nicer to say you're meticulous or painstaking, while your detractors are saying you're anal or picky. – rajah9 Apr 2 '14 at 14:46

It sounds like you're meticulous.

Meticulous: very careful about doing something in an extremely accurate and exact way

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+1 I was including this while you were posting. – bib Apr 2 '14 at 14:37

Consider particular.

He is very particular about his grades and working hard.

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You could use 'principled' in this context in that you have exacting principles.

'Uncompromising' also comes to mind, although you'd be careful using that on a resume so people don't think you're hard to work with.

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Haha. That's the issue I've been having with many of the potential choices here. I'm either specific in my wording or I'm a hard ass. – Preston Fitzgerald Apr 2 '14 at 23:34
I usually use 'detail oriented' or 'attention to details' to cover this case. If you notice details chances are you also have high standards. – GenericJam Apr 3 '14 at 8:25


Having or characterized by aspirations to achieve social prestige and material success:

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Makes it sound like I'm breathing something I shouldn't. – Preston Fitzgerald Apr 2 '14 at 23:33

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