Thursday, June 21, 2012
When should you use a letter of recommendation? Should job seekers even use them at all? The answer is… Yes! Use them!
The power of a written or typed personal recommendation from a previous supervisor, boss or professor is a strong tool in the interviewing process. Letters of recommendation say that a professional in your past thought highly enough of you to take the time out of their schedule to write some meaningful words, recommending you for your new position. The entire interview process is basically a chance to try and get to know you in a few short sittings. Unfortunately, your honest personality, work ethic and your overall reputation do not always come off the way you would want it to during those interviews, so why not have your colleagues put in a good word for you? After all, the hard work and dedication put into your path that led you to this point should be recognized and spoken of by others who you previously worked with. On a side note, using letters of recommendation is another resource for the employer to use during the hiring decision, which may give you that extra leg up on the competition!