Requesting or offering a letter of recommendation

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How to respond to a rejection of recommendation letter

I requested a reference from a prof whom I used to know . He politely declined my request and responded this way: Hmmm..it is tricky - since I have not taught you or worked with you - it would ...
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How do I politely decline providing a reference/recommendation?

I worked in a large team for several years and over time managed several people. Some have since written and requested recommendations for their LinkedIn profiles. I promptly wrote recommendations ...
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Are letters of recommendation in the US private sector useful?

A fellow who has been an excellent account rep with a vendor we used has been subject to a downsizing by his company. He has been out of work now since November. I've told him he can use me as a ...
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How do you tell a friend they are not qualified when asked to recommend them for a job in your company?

An old colleague asked me to recommend him for a job in my company. I'm hesitant because when we worked at the same company, he didn't have the best reputation. He constantly missed deadlines, never ...
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Should you CC a colleague on a Letter of Recommendation?

One of my colleagues has been absolutely hitting the ball out of the park with this project and I want to write a Letter of Recommendation to his manager. I'm trying to decide whether or not to CC ...
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How important is a recommendation letter for the employer?

I applied for an internship opportunity with several private companies, and one of them got back to me over the phone. During the conversation, the HR manager mentioned in passing that they were ...
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Is it unreasonable to ask for a letter of recommendation from current employer without quitting?

My friend works for a small company and recently applied to an opening with a prestigious employer in a semi-related field. Having little relevant experience outside his current job, he asked his ...
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How to ask for Linked-In recommendations

The other day I noticed my Linked-In profile did not have a whole ton of recommendations. I have worked with quite a few people over the past few years. How should I request a recommendation from ...
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Is it acceptable to ask who recommended me?

Twice I've received e-mails from recruiters with wording along the lines of this quote ... your name has come to me highly recommended by one of my contacts in the ... I'm of course curious who ...
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Who should I consider when thinking about “peer recommendations”?

Who do hiring managers expect to see as "peer recommendations"? Some I have considered are: former colleagues; other users on the StackExchange network (field-appropriate), or just my reputation ...
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Should I recommended a friend's brother to apply to company I work at?

I started working 3 weeks ago as a web developer at a local company with around 100 employees. While drinking beer with my friend, he mentioned his brother is looking for a job. I have never met him ...
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Asking client for a letter of recommendation

I'm a software developer working at a company with several clients. Part of my job is to stay in touch with clients and make sure the software I'm developing for them works for their needs. Plus I'm ...