How To Ask For a Reference and/or
(If you are building a Credential File, please review
additional information here: Job Search)
- Plan ahead to request letters of recommendation from
professionals who can comment on your skills and qualifications (not simply
your character). Whoever you choose, be sure that they know enough about you
to write a strong, positive recommendation (or provide a strong, positive
phone reference). Who might you ask?
- College Faculty
- Your College Advisor
- A Club/Organization Advisor
- Previous Employer
- Cooperative Education Supervisor
- Student Teaching Cooperative Teacher
- School Principal or Superintendent
- College Supervising Teacher
- Explain to each reference (in person and/or in writing) the
areas about which you would like them to write. By doing this, you can assure
that each letter will speak to different skills and attributes which will help
hiring officials get a complete picture of your talents. Employers need
specifics and people writing letters may need reminders about special
projects, activities, responsibilities, events, etc. in which you were
- Give each of your references a copy of your current resume
as well as any other information which might be helpful to them as they write
your letters or provide phone reference.
- Keep your references abreast of your job search. Provide
those writing letters to individual employers with specific names, titles,
addresses, etc, to which they need to address their letters.
- Provide your references with deadlines (respectfully
requested, of course). Professionals are used to working under time
constraints and deadlines will be appreciated.
- Provide your references with correctly addressed (typed)
envelopes and postage.
- Write your references thank-you notes to let them know you
appreciate their time and effort.
If you believe that personably identifiable information (such
as GPA, grades, etc.) obtained from your student record will be included in a
letter of recommendation, you should provide your reference with a
Recommendation Letter Request Form. Please click here to obtain this form:
For other job search tips and information, please refer to
Job Search or
Other Great Sites for
Career Information. For an example of what
you will find,
here for the Relocation Salary Calculator. This is a
fun way to determine the salary you will need in various locations within the
United States in order to maintain your current standard of living!
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