Recommendation letters are a key piece to your Linkedin profile or resume content. These letters communicate and reveal crucial information and add significance to the skills and the character of a person that a recruiter may be evaluating. This letter helps them get a better view of the person and their potential ways to succeed in the company. 

In this blog, you will understand the importance of a recommendation letter and the way it should be done. 

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When asking someone to write a recommendation letter for you, you should clarify points in their mind that will help them write what you need. You should elaborate them on details regarding roles and responsibilities you handle, and make sure the letter is supported by the qualifications you have achieved during the period of time you have been in the company, or at that position role you have been working. 

Recruiters look for these letters to get assured about the qualifications and knowledge you state to have from another person’s point of view and know more about your working experience, your character, and behaviors in other companies. 

A recommendation letter should have the following features:

  • Come from an authentic reputable source
  • Ensure that the source who is writing it has complete knowledge about the candidate’s personal details and work experience
  • If you are applying for a specific job position, make sure that the letter is according to the job position you are applying for

The most convincing letters are those that are written by a supervisor, if it is not possible, a recommendation letter from a coworker who has been working with you for a period of time is also acceptable 

Its structure should be an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. The more the writer knows the candidate, the more they can write about the person’s work and character. The introduction should include a brief introduction about the candidate and writer relationship, the positions for which the candidate is applying, and the reason behind the recommendation of the candidate. The body should include details about the applicant’s skills, qualifications, and accomplishments. The writer should provide sufficient examples about the candidate to support their words, and can include the strengths ad skills that are relevant to the given job postion. At the conclusion paragraph the content should be any final thoughts of the writer concerning the applicant’s qualifications. Apart from that, it should also mention contact details from the writer so the recruiter can contact them if they are interested in learning more about the candidate. 

As a final reflexion, some might feel that having a recommendation letter can increase the chances of getting the job, but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. The hiring managers look for candidates whose skills, qualifications and talent benefit the organization, not for those who have recommendations letters, even tho these ones help you to move on the process

Hope this blog has been useful to you! To learn more about Career Advice, check the following blogs: 

The Ultimate Guide of 6 Questions Your CV Must Answer
How to Respond to a Recruiter’s Message on LinkedIn
7 Tips to Start Working Smarter, Not Harder  

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