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Testimonials in Your Resume #2: The Blurb Block

Social proof can be your job search superpower! If you’ve read my previous post on using testimonials in your resume, you’ve discovered that a well chosen LinkedIn recommendation, customer kudo or glowing quote from a performance evaluation can boost the appeal and credibility of your resume.

Here’s an additional innovation: the blurb block.

Why You Might Need a Blurb Block

In the previous post I showed an example that looks like this:

“Judith is a consummate Human Resources professional … She often came to me and asked ‘How can I make this process work better for you?’ She’s an incredibly collaborative colleague. I highly recommend Judith.”

(Steven Sanchez, Director of Payroll, Multinational Marketing, Inc., excerpted from: www.linkedin.com/in/Judithqjones)

This is great, but it takes up a lot of space just for one quote, even if you don’t use any extra line spacing. And what if you have lots of testimonials you want to use rather than just one? Or maybe the quotes themselves are more impressive than the titles of the people who gave them. Or you’ve got some very long testimonials you’d like to chop up into bite-sized chunks.

Example

A blurb block, along with its heading, might look like this.

Highlights of LinkedIn Recommendations  (or Excerpts from Performance Reviews, or Customer Kudos or other heading)

“Kris’s innovative ideas and upbeat personality make him an invaluable resource to the whole team.”  |  “Creative and passionately motivated.”  |  “Very strong technically. His code is always well thought-out, elegant and user friendly.”  |  “Exceptionally dedicated.”  |  “Generous in sharing his knowledge . . . and finding ways to scale that knowledge for maximum benefit.”  |  “Brilliant work.”  |  https://linkedin.com/in/kris.x.wu

(Leave out the URL if you’ve included it elsewhere in the resume, or if not all the quotes are from LinkedIn.)

How to Use the Blurb Block

Where: put the block in the resume’s summary, typically at the end of that section, so it usually appears right above the Experience section. See what looks best to you.

Choosing and ordering the quotes: Remember to include some quotes about your soft skills and personality–this is the kind of thing that’s hard to prove any other way. Alternate longer and shorter quotes. Make sure you start and end with very strong ones. Play around with the order, see what works best for you.

Making it pop even more: You may want to pick out some key phrases in boldface type, like this:

“Kris’s innovative ideas and upbeat personality make him an invaluable resource to the whole team.”  |  “Creative and passionately motivated.”  |  “Very strong technically. His code is always well thought-out, elegant and user friendly.”  |  “Exceptionally dedicated.”  |  “Generous in sharing his knowledge . . . and finding ways to scale that knowledge for maximum benefit.”  |  “Brilliant work.”  |  https://linkedin.com/in/kris.x.wu

The Blurb Block is a highly readable, space-saving way to make the most of those multiple testimonials. Here’s the only hitch: how can you use testimonials in your resume if you don’t have them? So read my post about getting LinkedIn recommendations. Your resume will get better results when it includes social proof!

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