Hey Stellar Fans,
When trying to procure employment, you must mentally put yourself into the shoes of the business owner. On this post I am going to share with you the power of a testimonial.
References are no longer enough, who doesn't have someone that will give them a good reference? Or how do I know that the prospective employer is even calling to get a reference from the people listed on this sheet?
Resolve this potential situation with a couple of testimonials or a compilation of commendations. When and individual gives you a compliment, ask for it in writing. I have learned that having this praise organized and concise on a sheet of paper is very powerful. This sheet of paper allows the prospective employer to see in detail a specific problem that was solved or a specific set of actions you took that were above and beyond the call of duty. Far more eloquent then just saying: "I went the extra mile." From the prospective of the business owner, a testimonial means loyal clients and a greater potential for return or repeat business, as well as an opportunity for word of mouth business. For you, the job hunter, begin tracking any and all progress you make on the job, start an email file called praise or open a word document and title it accomplishments if you are short on people willing to provide you with a testimonial. Next step, start writing down each task you do throughout the day along with what you do to make that task more effective and efficient, if you are able to equate this more efficient way of working to a bottom line (I was able to save the company x amount of money, or I increased the closure ratio by 15%, etc.), I suggest you document that as well. If you are currently not working, look back over your resume. Are there accomplishments you could go into more detail about or even failed to mention?
Don't wait until you are in need of a job to begin this, start today, consider this a portfolio of how fantastic you are. Be specific and be precise, employers love that.
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