I think that the idea I am about to propose could be something which helps set Fiverr apart from other freelance platforms. That said, I think it could also attract some controversy. In this case, it will be interesting to see what others think.
First, let me explain the context. For over 10-years I worked with a company where I rose up through the ranks to become a regional manager. During this time, I was tasked with hiring a lot of new employees. When doing so, there was one thing which I could guarantee would see a CV (resume) not pass my initial screening process. - This was a significant gap in a jobseekers work history.
At present, I am in the very fortunate position of being able to walk into something like my old job with relative ease. I left on a high note of my career and I still have a few contacts. At the same time, though, I’m also starting to walk a bit of a tightrope.
A few of my former colleagues have already moved on to new pastures. It is, therefore, not inconceivable that in another few years, I won’t have any contacts left at all. Then if I ever reapply to work with my old company. I will do so with a 7-year gap in my work history and no references to speak of.
Of course, I can say if I apply for a job anywhere, that I have been freelancing for X amount of years. However, if I was in the interviewer chair, I’d then be wanting to know why the person in front of me couldn’t supply even basic things like a few client references.
Given the above, I have come to the conclusion that Fiverr might want to consider issuing sellers something like a formal letter of reference. Obviously, this wouldn’t be a letter of reference saying that a seller worked for Fiverr. Instead, it would be a letter / PDF document, stating that a seller has been selling on Fiverr for X amount of time, what services they have offered, how many orders they have processed, and what their rating is.
Ideally, each letter would also contain a link or QR code which people reading it could click / scan to be taken to a Fiverr page which verifies the authenticity of a document and confirms the information detailed therein.
If done right, a reference letter could also be used as a pitch letter which sellers could send to off-Fiverr clients.
It is fine to send off-Fiverr clients a link to our Fiverr profiles. However, a semi-official reference letter like that which I envisage would give the impression that Fiverr is proud to say it supports / is home to certain freelancers. I would even go so far as to suggest that more sellers would see value in things like Fiverr Learn courses if there was a mechanism like a reference letter in place to showcase qualifications off-Fiverr.
Of course, a feature like this would cost money to implement and be open to abuse. In this case, I would suggest that Fiverr only makes it available to Level 2 sellers and higher, and charges for the service. Those who see value in it like me would be happy to pay.
Anyway, that’s it. What do you think?