Proof of Performance

Job searchA resume provides a snapshot of a job seeker’s skills and abilities and is used by recruiters to quickly determine whether an applicant deserves further consideration.  “Proof of performance” provides evidence of these skills and accomplishments.  Developing a strong online presence helps build proof of performance by substantiating claims and providing examples.  For instance, if a job seeker claims to have strong written communication skills, including links to an authored article, a pdf of a school research paper, or a blog highlights this skill. Likewise, if a candidate wants to showcase work in graphic design, proof of performance might include Instagram pictures of logos created or links to websites designed.

Proof of performance can be documented with posts to social networking sites – such as presentations loaded on Slideshare or YouTube, pictures posted to Instagram, and endorsements on LinkedIn. Evidence can also be centrally housed on a personal website, where recruiters can be directed. Here are some examples of documents you might post to build your proof of performance. (Kistler, 2008).

  • Proof of Education: Transcripts, diplomas, certificates, scholarship letters, standardized test scores, course syllabi (Be sure to hide personal details that could make you a target for identity theft).
  • Proof of Professional Development: Brochures of training events, lectures, or workshops attended.
  • Proof of Employment: Employee evaluations, reference letters, job or role descriptions of past jobs, consumer satisfaction surveys, work samples
  • Proof of Skills
    • Written communication: Writing samples such as articles, blogs, school papers, memos, proposals
    • Creativity and design: Design samples such as newsletters, pictures, posters, desktop publishing documents
    • Public speaking: Videos, conference agendas, brochures, pictures speaking
    • Research skills: Samples of charts, tables, surveys, or infographics developed
    • Competencies: Professional licenses, certificates of mastery
    • Leadership: Organizational charts, lists showing participation in professional organizations or committees, requests for input or technical assistance
    • Grant writing: Award letters, proposal cover sheets
  • Proof of Community Engagement and Volunteering: Pictures at events, screen shots, non-profit meeting minutes


Kistler, P. (August 1, 2008).  Retrieved from BrandYourself at: