Updating my resume and I am trying to make this "resume highlight" make sense. I originally had it written as "Able to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily" but I was looking for a better word first or rewritten sentence. I was researching this word/sentence using "Google search" and that is where I found you. The Aptitude word was found on this website but I don't think it makes sense, but I need a word that looks good on a resume.

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    This is the English StackExchange and not the Workplace StackExchange, but some advice nonetheless: that sentence by itself is meaningless, no matter how perfect a word you find. Instead of generic sugar-coating, use concrete examples. What proprietary systems have you worked with? How quickly did you learn them? Aug 20, 2014 at 18:50
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    @KevinWorkman This claim doesn't preclude listing past accomplishments, and I expect he already does. This is describing a general quality he believes he possesses that would be valuable to employers. He's just looking for the best way to express it, which is a reasonable use of this site.
    – Barmar
    Aug 20, 2014 at 20:12
  • I happen to think that the existing wording is fine, you don't have to use long words just to sound more "professional".
    – Barmar
    Aug 20, 2014 at 20:13
  • Youse guys are both right - (a) the sentence is crap but (b) there's nothing wrong with some filler here and there :-) What about I learn new development extremely quickly. I learn new APIs extremely quickly. I learn new proprietary system extremely quickly. I am very experienced in kicking-ass.
    – Fattie
    Aug 20, 2014 at 20:14
  • @Barmar thank you for your decorum and your response to my question. Aug 22, 2014 at 5:02

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Fast learner or Quick learner are common expressions, and either one fits here.

For example:

Fast learner of proprietary systems and applications:

  • At company FOO, became lead supporter of there QUX management system after first month
  • At company BAR, rewrote all system documentation of their BAZ product during first six months
  • ...
  • Yeah, I have something like that on my resume.
    – Barmar
    Aug 21, 2014 at 4:30

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