catalyst challenge, day 14: character resume

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Relaxing Music for the month: Awakening: Liquid Mind (12:11) –

Note: Please enjoy the relaxing music while completing the assessment!

“You cannot make anything worthwhile in this world unless you have first developed and transformed yourself.” – Robert Greene

Your character is a compilation of traits, qualities, and features that make you who you are. The Character Resume will have you take the information from the previous 13 Activities (Personality Assessments, Strengths Assessments, Values Assessments, Motivators Assessments, Personal Superpowers, and Seven-Word Life Motto) and create a document that provides a picture of who you are and what makes you uniquely you. The Character Resume answers the question, “Who am I?” and is useful when asked “tell me a little about yourself…” when interviewing for a job, apprenticeship/internship, and/or graduate school.

Your Character Resume will consist of the following:

  • Character Summary (examples listed below)
    • At the top of your Character Resume, you will write a Character Summary, a paragraph that summarizes your character attributes, a summary of what’s best about you, a summary that tells us about you and what makes you tick. Your Character Summary should be 5-10 sentences. What are the characteristics about you that stand out most? What seems to show up time and time again from your results of the various assessments? If you don’t know what to write for a Character Summary, check out the examples listed below from our students this Spring (2022) Semester. Suggestion: It might be helpful to write your Character Summary last, after you’ve completed all of the others sections of the Character Resume.
    • To start, use these questions to help create your Character Summary:
      • What was the most interesting characteristic(s) about your personality types? Was there something that stood out or showed up the most between the three?
      • What strength(s) described you best? What strength(s) felt like it was the most like you?
      • What was the most interesting about your Principles You results? Was there a statement(s)/description(s) that seem to resonate with you the most?
      • Which values were most aligned with how you see yourself, both personally and professionally?
      • Were there any personal and/or workplace motivators that really described you perfectly? How does it play out in your life?
      • What superpower contributes most to how you live your life every day? How do they connect with the other attributes that you’ve identified?
  • Personality Assessments
    • Your Personality Type 4-Letter Code and FIVE (5) Characteristics that describe you best.
    • Your Enneagram Number (1-9) and FIVE (5) Characteristics that describe you best.
    • Your Big Five Aspects Scores above 75% and FIVE (5) Characteristics that describe you best.
  • Strengths Assessments
    • Your Top Five Character Strengths (brief description optional).
    • Your Top Five Engagement Strengths (brief description optional).
  • Principles You Assessment
    • Your Three Archetypes: Best Match, Good Match, and Moderate Match (brief description optional)
    • How You Prefer to Think Characteristics (Write down only those that are Moderate, High, and Very High), if any (brief descriptions optional).
    • How You Engage With Others Characteristics (Write down only those that are Moderate, High, and Very High), if any (brief descriptions optional).
    • How You Apply Yourself Characteristics (Write down only those that are Moderate, High, and Very High), if any (brief descriptions optional).
    • Any other characteristics that might be important/useful in describing your uniqueness.
  • Values Assessment
    • Your Top FIVE (5) Personal Core Values (brief descriptions optional).
    • Your FIVE (5) Desired Work Values (brief descriptions optional).
    • Your FIVE (5) to SEVEN (7) Lifestyle Values.
  • Motivators Assessments
    • Your FIVE (5) to SEVEN (7) Personal Motivators.
    • Your ONE (1) Workplace Identity (brief description optional).
    • Your FIVE (5) Workplace Motivators (brief descriptions optional).
  • Superpowers
    • Your  THREE (3) to FIVE (5) Personal Superpowers with a one- or two-sentence descriptions.
  • Seven-Word Life Motto
  • Optional – Feel free to include your contact information as part of your heading, like you would for a real resume. If you noticed, I actually have a picture on my Character Resume (and real resume) because when you review my resume or talk to me on the phone, you would never notice that I am a minority. That’s another story for another time… You may also want to include any other relevant information that you believe would be useful to “get to know you” better.

I’ve created a template that you can use to create your Character Resume; feel free to use the template (it’s a Microsoft Word document) or create your own. Click on the link to download the template:

Of course, if you don’t have Microsoft Word, feel free to use your own program to create your document. Feel free to edit the document as you see fit. If possible, try and limit your Character Resume to TWO PAGES (front and back).


Character Summary Examples (from students)

  • Determined learner that seeks to fully understand how things work. Reliable to others when it comes to finish projects on time, help others in need and passionate to exceed expectations. Interested in chasing autonomy and constantly looking at opportunities for growth. Quick to adapt when the situation needs it and creative to find solutions for the tinniest issues.
  • An inspired and driven student constantly looking for areas to grow and evolve. Honesty and accountability hold as fundamental values and can be seen through a strong work ethic and constant pursuit of personal development.
  • An energetic, optimistic, futuristic and forward thinker who likes to learn and take on new challenges with strategic and creative problem-solving skills. Always aiming to be the best I can be through different experiences and gaining new knowledge. It’s important to me to work in an environment where no day looks the same, is fast paced and exciting, collaborate with a diverse group of individuals who inspire one another daily, and help various communities on a local and global scale.
  • Creative handworker who is willing to included everyone and treat everyone equal. Motivated my personal values and is goal orientated. Creating new things, always trying to grow, and having fun are most important. Always pushing to do better and to be successful. Responsible, caring, and respect are important values. Have fun and live do what you love with no regrets.

Remember, the goal of your Character Resume is to be able to answer the request, “Tell me a little more about yourself…” Feel free to use any program you desire to create your Character Resume; my request is that when you save your document, save it as a PDF, so it can be viewed across multiple platforms.

Remember, this is a work in progress, so if there are other things you’d like to include in your character resume, feel free to do so. Please limit your Character Resume to TWO PAGES (front and back). 

Have fun!

P.S. If you want help writing or any thoughts about your Character Summary or your Character Resume, please contact me (Bill Johnson) at or my wonderful colleague Megan Cayton at

P.S.S. If you don’t mind sharing, please send us (Megan and I) your Character Resume at the emails listed above; we’d love to have a collection to use as examples for future classes. Better yet, post your Character Resume on my blog and share it with the world!

Bill’s Character Resume Example


3 thoughts on “catalyst challenge, day 14: character resume

  1. Hi, Bill! My character resume is just about complete, but I need to complete my character summary. I’ll be happy to give you all a copy when it’s finished. Thanks for your support on this! What can we expect for tomorrow, or “day 15”?

    • Hi Lucky! I would love to see your Character Resume when complete! I don’t have many examples, so having a few on hand would be great to use as examples! As far as Day 15 goes…it’s just a overview of the challenge, a short article I just finished on the value of a Character Resume, a list of the links on one page, and a few other resources that might be helpful. I’m sure I’ll have something else to include by tomorrow.

      Thank you for participating in the Challenge; I hope you found it useful!

      • I’m sure you will, too! 🙂 Thank you for everything, so far! All of your material is excellent, and I’m so happy I went to the training because not going would’ve been a “sure shot” missed opportunity, and I don’t want a “record” of those. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for tomorrow’s summary. Have a good day!

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