Gaining Ground as Powerful Tool: Testimonials in Resumes


TestimonialResume2.jpg Perhaps we can credit the growing importance of LinkedIn recommendations for the fact that “one of the strongest elements you can add to a resume today is a testimonial in which someone else extols a job-seeker’s skills, talents, achievement, and value.” The assertion of the value of testimonials in resumes comes from the white paper, Findings of 2010 Global Career Brainstorming Day: Trends for the Now, the New & the Next in Careers. The brainstorming day was held in December 2010 by the Career Thought Leaders Consortium, publishers of the white paper. “Professional resume writers use testimonials quite often,” the white paper goes on, “in resume headers, footers, in shaded boxes, in summary sections, under job descriptions, and in other places where most appropriate. In the sample at right, testimonials are included in a left-hand column on the resume’s first page. The white paper notes that many experts believe that testimonials “give job-seekers a truly competitive edge and a lot of credibility to substantiate their value.”