Resumes are written majorly to market a job candidate capabilities.
It is a self-promotional piece. But mark you, because of the nature of a resume and how much credibility it can give, who’s to say what’s factual and what’s hype – the employer?
Initially, in resume reviews, employers take the candidate word for it.
Employers base their agreeability on the fact that you were able to demonstrate accomplishments and success on the job as well as the inclusion of measurable and accepted results on your resume.
Although, resumes that stand out make impact by adding testimonials that bring a third-party support backing the information.
It is like the activity employers do take during the process of interview where they would contact referrals to ascertain the validity of the information presented on the resume.
There are very intelligent ways to include testimonials on a resume for greater impact. Viz are:
Ways to include testimonials on a resume
1. Create a section for testimonials
Just like how there are sections for educational background, work experience, personal information on a resume, create also a section for testimonials on your resume.
This section should only contain about 2-3 bullet point list of testimonials to back you up on the claim of the most qualified candidate for the job.
2. Include it as a filler to other appropriate section
Testimonials can improve the quality of your resume especially when it’s included in a suitable section to what subject matter is discussed.
For example: if the person’s testimonial is on sales ability, it will be proper to include it to the section comprising of sales and marketing capabilities.
It is important and worthy of note to treat testimonials like references.
You should stick to using only what is relevant to the position at hand.
It does no good to include a testimonial on creative art skills when the job applied for is teaching.
3. Incorporate into your work experience
Beneath the section for work experience where information is provided to show positive results and achievements with each employer, add a testimonial from a customer/client or your supervisor in italics and bring it out from the general summary by centering the quote.
This kind of appropriate testimonial can be seen in emails or informal notes, performance reviews, reference letters, and recommendation from LinkedIn, etc.
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