Get Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendations are words of praise about you, written by people who know you or have worked with you. These letters are positive and realistic evaluations of your performance, competence, and capability. Everybody praises themselves. If you praise yourself, people might not take you seriously; but if someone else praises you it carries a lot of weight. Letters of recommendations create an aura of credibility around you. Moreover, since not too many candidates use them, you can get an edge over them by submitting these letters.

Don't be shy. Ask for a letter of recommendation from your boss before you leave. Try to get it on the organizational letterhead. If you are leaving the organization in a bad taste,

the boss may still be willing to give you one rather than let you leave in a foul mood. Still if you do not feel comfortable asking your immediate boss for a letter, you may approach someone above his rank. If he is the top boss then you may ask for a letter from a co-worker who can speak well for your character.

Let the people who would write these letters for you know that you are applying for new jobs or positions. It should not happen that when the prospective employer calls them to have a check on your recommendations, he hears “John who?"

It is your boss or your professional colleagues who write these letters for you. Sometimes they may be busy and may ask you to draft the letter instead, which they would edit and sign later. In such case try and keep the content as generic as possible so that you can use them for various vacancies you wish to apply.

Some of the things you may include in these letters could be: your most valuable skills and personal traits; your outstanding accomplishments or contributions to the company; any awards or special recognition you were given. Further, it should include a statement that recommends you to future employers. In addition to it, there must be something to suggest that the Company regrets to see you go and the writer is willing to be contacted in future regarding your tenure at the company. Further, the degree of recommendation such as: without reservation, strongly, highly, with reservation etc. may be mentioned. Organise your letter into three sections:



It should introduce the writer and explain his/her relation with you. It may include the duration and other details of the relationship and an overview of the general impression of you held by the writer.


It should contain details about your accomplishments, strengths, projects undertaken etc. and how did the writer feel working with you.


It should confirm that you are a desirable employee by explicitly stating that the writer recommends you. It may invite the reader to contact the writer for further information or questions.

Do not send these letters while applying for the job unless you are asked to do so as employers on an average spend only 30 seconds reading the materials you send before the interview.


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