An Innovative Resume Template that Includes Testimonials

April 29, 2011

Download this resume template to showcase:
1. Your top 6 skills.
2. Two supporting points per skill.
3. Two supporting testimonials per skill.

A client recently recommend me to a Vice President (VP) that was hiring for her business.

After the VP glanced at my resume, the VP said “I have no idea what this guy does.”

Fortunately my client came to my rescue:

“I know his resume sucks. But he doesn’t! Let me tell you about him.”

Because my client endorsed my work, the VP contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in discussing the position. I got lucky. Because if my client hadn’t vouched for me, the VP wouldn’t have been interested just based on my resume.

Is Your Resume Working for You?

The incident made me realize that if I’m not introduced to a hiring manager then I have a problem: My resume sometimes does a lousy job of generating interest in me.

To tackle the problem, I made a functional resume — but with a few twists that I haven’t seen before. Here’s my new format:

  • My top 6 skills, each written as a headline that shows the benefit of the skill.
  • 2 supporting points per skill.
  • 2 supporting testimonials per skill.

Testimonials are important because they build your credibility and authority. What others say about you is more believable than what you say about yourself.

The testimonials work best if you prove that they’re real by listing the link to them on your LinkedIn profile.

Feel free to download this template and use it yourself. Here’s my new resume (I removed my contact information from the header)┬áin Microsoft Word format:

Click above to download a template for a functional resume that includes testimonials.

Let me know if you find this format helpful. And if you still think it sucks, let me know that, too. But please tell me why you think so.

And best wishes to you for your career and job search.

P.S. I believe that Nick Corcodilos and Seth Godin are right when they say that you should first do remarkable work and nourish your relationships rather than just use your resume as a crutch during your job search.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Keeshawn Davis May 2, 2011 at 8:22 am

Nice post! I think I’ll use them.


Janet May 9, 2011 at 2:12 am

I think the functional resume is creative approach to getting someone’s attention. My personal opinion is that resumes in general cannot tell you about a person. It is impossible to decide whether or not someone is a cultural fit based on a 5 minute conversation with them and a quick glance at a resume. Expertise and personality are what matters but most importantly, great networks are more valuable than resumes. Research shows that 80% of jobs are taken through social networking.

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Alex May 9, 2011 at 10:04 am

Good points Kevin… doing more online hiring these days and with sometimes hundreds of applicants I see the need to highlight one’s RELEVANT skills to a position. It’s actually a turn-off to see an applicant is a jack of all trades when I’m only hiring for one or two specific skills. The other turn-off is the grand unreferenced attributes such as “innovative”, “team player”, or those with “grate english”. As you say, some testimony goes a long way.


Kevin Kane May 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

Hi Alex,
It’s amazing how easily you can be rejected from further consideration based on your resume.

“Oh, he doesn’t have x on his resume? Well he’s out. Next!”


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