Potential employers want to know you will show up on time, every time.

This is a skill that is always important but gets highlighted less the higher you go in your career. At some point, it is an assumption that a director will be trusted to arrive when they are needed. A resume bullet point for a senior level job would be how you modeled punctuality.

For the rest of us, it is our ability to show up on time and be prepared to do the work that matters. Often this skill isn’t highlighted by the people who model it the best. They have a built-in value of always being prepared, but not everyone is built like that. If you are, you can add it to your resume.

Here are some resume prompts to help develop bullet points that show punctuality. Choose the ones that work for you and write the story down.  Then go through the other resume prompt posts to get raw stories about your other soft skills like communication, organization and teamwork.

We’re going through the top ten desired soft skills to help boost your resume.


Tell me about the way you earned a reputation for being on time.

Tell me about a time you were responsible for opening the business.

Tell me about the way you show up prepared to do the work. What does that look like?

Tell me about a time you arrived early to ensure everything was set up.

Tell me about a time your team depended on you to be somewhere. How did that support that success of the project?

Don’t worry about making them look pretty just yet. We are in collection mode right now.