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. – user66974 Apr 2 '14 at 14:33
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    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

I like saying simply, "I have high standards for myself and teammates."

  • 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 Apr 2 '14 at 14:42
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    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 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


Consider particular.

He is very particular about his grades and working hard.


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.

  • 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 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:

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

Consider the adjective "challenging," as in an authoritarian boss that has high demands is a challenging employer.


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