So I was working on my resume, but it literally took me two hours to come up with a succinct phrase for "work well under pressure".

So far I could think of phrases like " pressure performer " or "multi-tasker" or something like these.

But they are not that satisfying right? Does anyone have any suggestions?


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As someone who has read a lot of resumes, works well under pressure works for me.

It is succinct and clear.

I would not know what you meant by "Pressure performer"; I would find that term in a resume irritating. My immediate picture when I first saw it in your question was of a dancer in a hyperbaric chamber.

A multitasker may or may not be able to work well under pressure; the ability to do several things at the same time is no guarantee that the person will not fall apart under pressure.

If you want to add something to the "works well under pressure", say "meets deadlines".

(You are right to agonize over your resume.)


According to vocabulary.com, aplomb is defined as composure under pressure/stress. They give the following definition

Aplomb is the ultimate test for cool: grace under pressure. Use aplomb to show great restraint under even the most trying circumstances. In retail, it's always a good idea to handle the angry customers with aplomb.

Also, according to WordNet 3.1, aplomb means

Assuredness, cool, poise, sang-froid (great coolness and composure under strain) "keep your cool"

I'm not sure it's the best choice for your CV (it's not very common), but it's a nice word, notwithstanding.


This is the most overlooked word you’re describing: “equanimity,” which means steadiness of mind under stress.

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    We prefer answers that quote and link to authoritative sources, like dictionaries. Commented Apr 10, 2018 at 20:19
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    Just my opinion, but, in business, rather than forum, technical or legal jargon, or informal discussions, I believe it is best to stick to simple, easy, words that would be understood by people that potentially have English as a second language. works well under pressure is reasonably clear, but equanimity is not an everyday word that everyone would be expected to know. In fact, I'd have had to look it up myself. +1 in general use then, but not for business/resume use. Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 21:31

An idiomatic expression would be to keep a cool head

To maintain a calm demeanor and think clearly in a difficult, stressful, or troubling situation

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Personal Point of View

If you are wondering if using idioms in resumes is informal, I have used idioms and phrases while creating my own resume and being in IT, I do review quite a few resumes. I prefer people who can include figurative sense in their write-ups. The ability to use idiomatic expressions shows your fluency and command of the language.


imperturbable TFD

Unshakably calm and collected


Able to perform well in a high pressure environment.

Although think about what type of pressure you're good at. Cranky customers? Looming deadlines? Death-defying stunts? Think about what pressure you're referring to and talk about that. For example, "Able to keep calm when balancing or performing tricks above 10 metres." A tailored sentence like that will go a lot further to impressing employers than a blanket statement regarding any type of stress.

Good luck!

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