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3) Get Endorsements
Getting your resume found by hiring managers doesn’t automatically mean you’ll get interviewed. You must appear attractive and credible enough to merit a phone call.
And one of the best ways to do so is for other people to sing your praises through endorsements.
It’s a simple matter to lift one or two sentences from performance reviews, letters of recommendation -- even emails -- written by clients or managers, and put them in your online resume in the form of quotes. Be sure to include the years when they were said.
Example -- Supervisor said: “Sally was the top programmer among 21 people in our division. She always got the job done on time and right the first time.” (2008)
One or two testimonials like that in your resume and you’ll stand out like LeBron James in Munchkinland.
There’s even a place for testimonials on Linkedin profiles. When recruiters find a candidate there, they see comments from other people about that individual. More recommendations equal more credibility, according to Stroud. “If I see one profile with 5 or 6 endorsements, and another with none, I’ll lean towards the candidate with endorsements.”
So, if you’re going to get online, be sure to get endorsements posted on your profile and resume. Otherwise, the first time an employer looks you over may be the last.
Now, go out and make your own luck.