Requesting or offering a letter of recommendation

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Am I allowed to pass on a recommendation letter used for a separate occasion?

Building off of the situation in this previously asked question... I am in the process of interviewing for other job opportunities. My boss is aware that I am most likely looking for other work ...
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Is it ethical to accept an internship that I got because of a recommendation when I failed the (technical) inteview? [closed]

I am an undergrad in the final year of my Engineering program. I recently appeared for an interview for an internship. I couldn't get through the interview as I didn't perform up to the mark in some ...
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Recommending my wife for a job at my workplace

I learned about a position in my company in our customer service department today at work I think my wife could be a good fit for. I work in the engineering department (I'm a new hire by the way). ...
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How to politely decline a request for a job referral? [duplicate]

I am currently employed at an excellent company, and a colleague of mine from graduate school has repeatedly requested that I put his/her name forward as a recommended hire at my company. For various ...
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rejected after 3 interviews [closed]

After three interviews and the 4th being planified I didn't get the job because of bad reference, that I gave earlier in the process. They contacted the manager who said he wouldn't recommend me for a ...
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Hiring company asks for my previous performance reviews and for a recommendation?

I had a couple of interviews and people at the company asked me to send them my internal performance reviews and to give them a phone number where they can reach out to a manager with whom I worked in ...
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Can I write a LinkedIn recommendation for a mentor? [closed]

An expert in a field I'm interested gave a few fascinating lectures and I ended up talking to him about my project and we discussed my approach. Despite the fact that we weren't working together on a ...
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How to formulate an USA-style recommendation letter to be used optimally as a German Work Certificate (Arbeitszeugnis)?

I mainly work in Germany, but recently I had a little project for an US company. They were satisfied with my work and are ready to give me a Letter of Recommendation. I can make suggestions about ...
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Director wants me to draft an 'internal reference letter' - about me. How should I go about this?

In an effort to make this meet the rules of 'The Workplace', I'm looking for generalized advice and will only be providing a high level overview of what's going (which also happens to help with ...
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What is a letter of recommendation?

I've heard of the concept of a "letter of recommendation" but I'm unclear as to what they are and how they work. Specific questions: What exactly is a letter of recommendation? What value do these ...
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How would a letter of recommendation from another student be received by employers? [closed]

For example, maybe I have partners in my physics lab. I am considering having one of them write a recommendation letter for me showing how I was cooperative with the team. I am wondering how this ...
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Etiquette when writing a recommendation for a manager on LinkedIn?

Recently one of my old managers told me he is leaving the company. He taught me a lot of things during my time here and I really wanted to give him a recommendation on his Linkedin (even if it might ...
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Online Letter of Recommendation from Supervisor

There is a scholarship program for current employees in our company to go to graduate school. The Graduate school in question require letter of recommendation from supervisor via online. It's been ...
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Quitting job for family reasons… should I explain why performance suffered at end?

I worked successfully at my job for 4 years, 3 of them remotely. I was the sole developer on staff so I had no backup. My boss and our clients seemed very happy with my work, and in fact our client ...
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Writing LinkedIn recommendation in exchange for one

I've recently received some recommendations on LinkedIn from my previous bosses and coworkers. I explicitly asked them to write one. Should I now ask them if they want me to write a recommendation 'in ...
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Is it inappropriate to recommend two colleagues for the same job?

I was recently contacted by a colleague about an available position in my field. Since the field is relatively small, I have had two other colleagues who are changing positions ask me to recommend ...
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Recommend someone after rejecting a job offer

I recently interviewed for a company. I liked the company, I think they liked me, they made me an offer but I turned it down (because I had a "better" offer and for personal reasons). We left in good ...
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Should you mention recommendation letter during interview?

I'm a university student so I have very little to no workplace experience but a couple of years ago I did an internship in an office setting for which I revived a glowing letter of recommendation. I ...
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Should I care about quality of my references to a position in a company I know recruiters at?

My friends work as recruiters at a company which has recently boosted their income so they are hiring. I have several people in my rolodex who more or less fit to an open position. Some of them are ...
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Can my former-workplace deny my ex-manager from giving me a recommendation?

I was applying for US Permanent Residency (Green Card) for which I needed recommendation letters from my previous employers. One of my ex-managers (with whom I left on excellent terms and did great ...
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How do I recommend friends that I haven't worked with?

I recently had two good friends start looking for jobs, and as the tech scene here is tiny, future employers that are also friends asked me to recommend them. The thing is, I don't have any work ...
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Can I (freelancer) ask my boss for recommendation letter before my boss leaves the company?

The contract I have with the company I work in is a freelancer's contract. One of my direct bosses gave a two weeks notice to leave the company. I worked with him ever since I joined the company (4 ...
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Procedure for writing a job recommendation letter for someone you only personally know

A personal friend whom I have known well for many years has asked me to provide him with a written letter of recommendation for a entry level position he is interviewing for. As I have never written a ...
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Recommendation by a Senior Developer after an internship

Having an internship at a small mobile development company, is it appropriate to ask for a recommendation by the senior developer who helped you throughout the internship? A recommendation ...
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Asked to give what would be a negative reference

A previous coworker who has since left my company just emailed me asking me to be a reference as she applies to new jobs. I feel that while I like her, I couldn't recommend her as an employee. So my ...
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How to properly contact former (academic) supervisor for recommendation letter

My situation is the following (from an European University): I did a semester project as part of my Master studies (MSc), which went very well (highest grade possible). The project involved theory ...
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Should I request a letter of reference from my employer or manager when I am leaving?

I work in a large multi-national. For personal family reasons, I have a need to quit work for 3 - 6 months to deal with a personal matter. At the same time as considering this, a voluntary redundancy ...
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Is it okay to recommend a friend as a recently hired employee?

I was recently hired in a rather famous company as a senior developer and have been working there for a bit more than 3 weeks now. Even if 3 weeks isn't a lot, I can already say this company is by far ...
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Recommendation letters: first + last name for initial mention of person, but for subsequent mentions?

In a recommendation letter, the first time I mention the person the letter is for, I would use the full name (e.g. Mr John Sawyer). However, for subsequent mentions of the person, the last name (Mr ...
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Asking current internship supervisor for letter of recommendation

I am currently a college student and part time intern at an organization, continuing my full time internship over the summer. Is it unreasonable to ask my current boss at this internship for a ...
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What letters should I get from my employer to show my contract job experience?

I do a lot of contract work. What letters should I get from my clients, other than MoU and invoice, which would serve me as proof of my experience for future jobs?
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Is a closed letter of recommendation worthwhile?

I will shortly be in the somewhat rare position of applying to software development positions straight out of high school. (This is fixed; please do not attempt to change my mind on this.) As part of ...
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How to proceed when former boss doesn't respond to a reference request?

My best manager left my current (and first ever) employer one year ago. I had very strong professional and friendly relations with him and he promoted me for the first time to a managerial role. After ...
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Can I ask for a recommendation letter if I resign? [duplicate]

If I resign from my current job, can I ask for a letter of recommendation? I will follow all the rules mentioned in my contract, such as giving them a month's notice, etc. My superiors will definitely ...
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When and how to Ask Professors for letters of Recommendation

I'm graduating in a few weeks from a local University with an IT degree. I'm planning on applying to almost any form of IT related job; software developer, Quality Assurance, BA,BI, even an IT ...
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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 recommend a friend's brother for a job at the company I work at?

I started working three weeks ago as a web developer at a local company with around 100 employees. While drinking beer with my friend, he mentioned his brother was looking for a job. I have never met ...
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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 fulfills their needs. ...