Employers sometimes ask for letters of recommendation from people who know the applicants. Recommendation letters can be requested as part of the initial application package or as the last step in vetting a job candidate.
Organizations that ask for letters of recommendation usually ask for two or three such letters, in order to get a better feel for the candidate and make sure they’re a good fit for the company.
Gather Information to Write the Letter
If you’re approached by someone to write a letter of recommendation, the first step is to gather information about the position she is looking for.
Ask for a copy of the job posting. If she wants a more general letter of recommendation, ask for the type of job they are looking for.
You need to have the specific job posting or knowledge of the type of job the person is looking for because the most successful recommendation letters will make a clear link between the capabilities, skills and qualities the job-seeker has demonstrated previously and those required in the open position.
Good recommendation letters are not vague and general. They specifically pinpoint what the person has done well with an eye toward what they can continue to do well. Read More