3 Ways to Improve Your Resume with Testimonials
As a self-promotional piece, the resume is a document employers will scrutinize in determining whether you really have the experience and skills that you claim to have for fulfilling its job opening. So one way to lend credibility to the document is to add testimonials.
While employers typically don’t ask for references until the end stages of the interview process – when it comes down to you and another candidate – having testimonials upfront can help support your case of being the best talent for the job.
Sure, you may include quantifiable and qualified results to your resume to demonstrate what you can do and how well you can do it, but it’s more meaningful when the employer can hear it from someone other than yourself – someone you’ve worked with, like your boss, client, customer, etc.
So, here are different ways to incorporate testimonials to your resume to help your case:
- Section off an area of your resume for testimonials. Just like you have a section for Profile Summary, Education, Work Experience, etc., include one for Testimonials. All you need is 2-3 testimonials from credible contacts to validate your capabilities and how well you do the job. You want to make sure any testimonial included is applicable to the new job.
- Add relevant testimonials with your details of work experience. Let’s say that your work experience includes managing a 3-day industry conference involving 1,000 attendees with over 50 speakers. Adding a testimonial from someone top-notch in the industry saying something like, “Most well-planned and informative conference attended this year,” adds that extra touch to make you stand out.
- Use testimonials as a filler to other sections of your resume. Depending on your profession, it may make sense to also incorporate relevant testimonials to other sections of the resume, like the Technical Skills section. Your resume may speak of how you helped revamped web sites for clients to help ease the order-making process, which ultimately helped increase revenue. Consider too the impact of adding a testimonial from one of your clients confirming your work, like “After the redesign of our website, we saw a 130% increase in web traffic and a 40% sales lift in 60 days.” A testimonial like that can help deliver the message to potential employers of what you can do with your web design skills.
Like references, testimonials can back up claims you make. The key is to position the testimonial properly on your resume to get the most impact.