It’s always a great feeling when a coworker, manager, friend, or mentee thinks you’re fantastic. It’s even better when they are willing to put their positive feelings about you in writing so that prospective employers can see how great you are too. Aside from the motivational value that a recommendation or endorsement offers, it can also accelerate your job search and help you become more competitive!
Jobcase has an exciting feature built into our community that offers an excellent way for someone to give a shout-out or acknowledgment that you’ve done something great. Our endorsements come in the form of “Praises.” When added to your Jobcase profile, praises are a great way to show potential employers a view into your work ethic and character beyond your application, optimized resume and cover letter.
An endorsement/praise is a reference from a person who can vouch for certain qualities you have as an employee. Having endorsements/praises on Jobcase is important because the more praises you have, the better you'll appear in our People Search for prospective employers to find.
Did you go the extra mile on a project? Are you always being identified as the “reliable” or “consistent” worker? If so, a praise could help these important traits and accomplishments come to light and give you a leg up during your job hunt. When asking a work friend for an endorsement, be sure to be professional and brief with your ask. Here’s an example of a note you could send to a work friend, asking for a praise:
Dear Ms. Smith, I hope you are well! I am in the process of finding a new role to further my professional development. Based on our years of experience together, I think you could help provide a perspective on my skills and work ethic.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could give me a praise on Jobcase.com that emphasizes the positive work habits you’ve recognized in me since we’ve known each other. If there is any information I can provide that will help you write the recommendation in more detail, I would be happy to do so. You can find my Jobcase profile at https://www.jobcase.com/p/MYPROFILE Thank you!
Here some examples of what you could ask for in a praise.
An outstanding achievement. If there was a significant assignment that you were a part of that you’d like to showcase to future employers, ask a colleague or manager to include some highlights of the work you contributed in their praise.
A skill you developed. Many times, we learn and develop new skills at work. Suppose you have a specific area of expertise or talent that you acquired during your time at a job. In that case, you can ask the individual to emphasize its importance on your overall performance.
Soft skills you excel with. Soft skills, also known as transferable skills are naturally learned traits that are typically non-job specific and can be used across any profession. They include things like leadership, communication, empathy, and time management. These skills can be challenging to highlight on a resume, so praises can be beneficial when conveying your impressive abilities!
But the next question is, who should you ask to give you a praise?
You’ll want to select people who can give you a strong endorsement and can verify your skills, expertise, and past performance. It’s important to remember that praises do not have to be from employers! It’s perfectly acceptable to ask coworkers, friends, professors, customers, vendors, or even members of your volunteer organization to give you some words of praise.
It’s easy to invite your personal contacts, work friends, and family members to Jobcase so that they can give and receive endorsements to spruce up their portfolio. To add a praise to your online profile, ask an individual to head to your Jobcase profile and click the “Praise” button just under your bio section. Alternatively, you can ask them to navigate to this praise form where they can search for your Jobcase profile and endorse you. They will be prompted to answer how they know you and what makes you so awesome! Please note, once they submit their praise, it may take up to 24 hours to appear on your profile.
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