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What does it mean to be a quick learner?

What does it mean to be a quick learner?

A quick learner is someone who can understand and process information in a relatively short space of time.

Apart from being able to understand the information, as a quick learner, you should be able to apply what you've learned in a given situation. Fast learners usually have excellent listening and analytical skills.

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How to emphasize that you are a fast learner: Include it in your CV

Your CV is often the first thing that employers read to help them decide if you'd be a good fit for the role. Consider emphasizing being a quick learner in the following sections of the document: 

  • Skills section: You can simply put the phrase "ability to learn quickly" as one of the bullet points.
  • Education: Instead of just listing your degree accomplishments, consider including the education you're actively pursuing that's relevant to your career. Things like leadership training, project management courses or even online classes can show you're a lifelong learner.
  • Work experience: For example, showing that your former employer decided to promote you to a more advanced role after just a few months in a new job shows that you can quickly learn and adapt to new work environments. 

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Mention you're a quick learner in your cover letter

A cover letter is typically an essential element of a job application that helps the hiring manager get to know you better.

In the letter, you can use skills keywords to make yourself seem like a more desirable candidate.

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Practice discussing being a quick learner

It's important that you can also emphasize being a fast learner in a conversation. Here are some useful terms to become familiar with before your interview:

  • Adept: This term means that you're very skilled or proficient at something.
  • Capable: If you describe yourself as a capable employee, it means you've got what it takes to succeed in the role or achieve a specific outcome.
  • Receptive: When someone calls you receptive, it means they appreciate your openness, willingness to listen, and ability to take direction based on others' feedback.
  • Versatile: Versatile people are generalists who can do many things well.

Some other ways to express your ability to learn quickly include: "Able to grasp new concepts quickly",  "Excellent capacity to retain new knowledge", "I can assimilate new ideas efficiently."

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How being a quick learner can help your career

  • If you're a fast learner, even if you're tasked with something for the first time in your career, you're more likely to quickly learn the new skills required or gain more knowledge about a subject.
  • Being a fast learner can sometimes help you advance your career.
  • If you're interviewing for a remote position, proving that you can work with little to no supervision can help you get the job of your dreams.
  • In some cases, you can use your ability to learn quickly to maintain healthy work relationships with your colleagues.
  • If you're a quick learner, you may need less time for adjusting to new work duties, and, as a result, handling multiple projects at once could be easier for you.

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How to improve your ability to learn quickly

  • Discover what motivates you. Consider analyzing your work history to see when you've been the most productive and eager to learn.
  • Taking notes by hand is an excellent method that may help you remember things faster.
  • Having excellent research skills is an important element of being a quick learner because it helps you find and organize new information quickly.
  • Avoiding distractions while learning can save you valuable time and help you understand complex concepts quickly. In a calm environment, your mind can single-task to focus on one problem at a time.

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Demonstrating your soft skills, such as the ability to learn quickly, in your CV can help you make a good impression on a recruiter.

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