Using quotes from others on your resume.

Let someone else say it for you!

A letter of recommendation is powerful in itself, but have you considered pulling a particularly strong segment of that letter and featuring it on your resume? An accolade from a former client, employer, or colleague describing how wonderful you are in their own words can speak volumes about you as a professional, boost your credibility, and add a nice touch to your resume.

Keep it brief

I would recommend including no more than 3 lines from the letter of recommendation (any more will affect readability) and no more than 3 separate quotes. Remember, this is a feature of your resume, not the main focus.

Amend Strategically

If you want to use bits and pieces from a long sentence or separate parts of the letter, be sure to note changes you make since you are attributing this content to someone else. For example, use ellipses to show eliminated areas and brackets to show modifications:

Original quote: “Jane was our Administrative Assistant for two years. She is a truly hardworking professional. She came to work on time, was courteous, and completed many special projects that saved our office time and money.”

Modified quote: “[Jane] is a truly hardworking professional. She…completed many special projects that saved our office time and money.”

Keep in mind – your modifications CANNOT alter the meaning  or intent of the quote.

Attribute Accurately

An anonymous quote doesn’t hold much water. Be sure to include the person’s full name, job title, and company they worked for (or worked for with you). These details give the reader critical context into who is recommending you. For example: John Anderson, CEO, Ocean Enterprises.

Formatting

I find it best to italicize the entire quote. This will help the quote stand out and be recognized as “separate” content compared to the rest of the content in your resume.

Placement Ideas

Not sure where to place your quote(s)? If you are using a highlights section on your resume, quotes fit nicely before or after your bulleted list. Or you can use the quote as a bulleted achievement with your career history, leading in with something such as, “Received numerous commendations from superiors including, ‘[Jane] is a truly…’” If you have a particularly strong and succinct quote, it may be ideal to place it above your summary as an overall introduction.

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