Here is some sample text you can use to send to old employers, department managers, previous clients, customers, suppliers, etc. to ask them for favorable comments to include in your resume.
Most resumes are about what I think about myself, but employers are always more interested in what others think about you.
Try to obtain 3-4 comments from others about some aspect of your past work.
This does involve a bit more work on your part, but they really add some weight to a resume and are often the most compelling part of a resume, increasing your chances of a job interview. The text below can be sent as an e-mail, message, or whatever. Amend as required to fit your circumstances…
(say Hi and some small talk, then…)
I’m currently putting together a resume and it has been recommended by a resume writer that it will be very beneficial to have some comments from past employers, suppliers, customers, etc. on the resume.
I was wondering if you might be able to help me out with this.
I’m not looking for a reference as such but rather just one or two sentences about some positive aspects of my work while working with XYZ company.
I know that this is a bit of an ask, and you are very busy so I have included some typical example comments below that you can use as a guide or simply edit and reply to me.
Here are some examples of the sort of thing I am after:
“Kirsten has an outstanding work ethic; nothing was ever a problem…she communicates
well with clients and has a brilliant eye for detail…”
Trevor Mitchell | Head of Design | Bayleigh Group Pty | Brisbane
“Casey is a reliable staff member who takes constructive criticism and feedback well. He
has good organizational skills and exhibits a friendly disposition amongst colleagues”
Sally Mees | Acting Principal | Moreland State School | Queensland.
“Karen gave me her complete attention during our interaction. She was not aggressive
but was genuine and extremely positive in her approach. She was very confident in the
quality and application of the products being sold.”
Excerpt from mystery shopper report in which I scored 100% – the only person
in the company to do so in the last 5 years.
More on why you should include testimonials /comments in your resume