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Added on:  8/2/2013 6:51:15 AM

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Letters of Recommendation

If a job asks for letters of recommendation, which is better to bring to the interview - letters from former employers or from former professors?

gauri Replied on 12/19/2016 at 4:55 AM

As a job-seeker, one of your most important assets is your stock of professional references. Both letters and phone recommendations can elevate a good candidate to a top choice and drop a good candidate down to the no-longer-considered pile. It’s important that you manage your recommendations carefully to leverage them in the best possible way.The most important thing is to ask people who have good things to say about you to be your references. This advice seems to be obvious, yet I can’t count the number of times that I have checked references and gotten mixed reviews. When you ask for references, I recommend doing so via an indirect method, such as email. Indirect approaches allow a recommender to decline much more easily than a direct approach. Again, you want a good reference, so if you are not sure if you will get one, give the recommender an out by phrasing your inquiry this way: “Bridget, I plan to begin a quiet job search in the next two weeks. Do you feel you know me well enough to provide a reference about my leadership/basketball/conflict management/accounting skills?” If the recommender declines, don’t be angry — be thankful. Unless the reference is glowing, you don’t want it — even a lukewarm or I-don’t-really-know-her-very-well reference can be damaging.


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aniket Replied on 4/3/2015 at 8:26 AM

Letters from former employers are always looked upto. Letters from eminent people in your chosen field may also suffice.


aniket Replied on 2/3/2015 at 12:58 PM

If it is your first job, then letters from your professors would suffice. If you have been working for some time, then it is expected that you get recommendations from your former colleaugues.

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