The use of testimonials in a resume can have a powerful effect.
“John Smith played a key role in the implementation of our new SAP R/3 solution, an implementation that prior to John’s arrival, had been plagued with delivery issues. John not only brought the project back on track, but delivered within the revised date and under budget. A fantastic job…thanks John”. D Williams, Managing Director, ABC Ltd
Notice how the above statement (when integrated into the resume) will serve as a major enforcement to the candidate’s resume, capability, expertise and above all, their hire appeal.
Don’t include a testimonial on a resume for the sake of having a testimonial. The testimonial should be there to enforce your work skills, and more importantly, have relevance to the role you are applying to.
Good news, you don’t always have to seek a testimonial and a reference. Great if you can, but if you prefer, you can often crib the reference, and use phrased paragraphs. To do this, you’ll need to guide the referee as to what you would like them to include in your reference. Aim to have descriptions that are relevant and not too generic, and think about longevity. There’s a very good chance you’ll need the statement to last over the next three to five years.
Position testimonials at the end of the resume, it’s a nice way to round off the document.
Try to avoid pages of testimonials, simply stick to one or two. You’re probably looking at around 50 words and one paragraph (see the example above).
When including testimonials, you can then omit the references box /section from the resume.