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Should I avoid writing a LinkedIn recommendation for a terminated employee?

A former employee who was a direct report of mine, and who I recently terminated, is asking for a LinkedIn recommendation. The individual was fired because the quality of his work (software ...
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Asking for a recommendation from a colleague to apply for an internship at a company he mentioned to me

Right now, I'm doing an internship at a local company in my province. In October of last year, I decided that I wanted to participate in an internship program in Japan that my school advertises. They ...
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Is a teacher's recommendation in LinkedIn actually useful?

After graduating, I have some friends that have teacher's recommendations in their LinkedIn profile. I have had a good relationship with most of my teachers (quite good, actually) and I have been a ...
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Asking Job Recruiter To Contact A Reference?

After asking a former professor about receiving a letter of recommendation, they told me they would write me a letter upon being requested. Seeing that I have several references on my job application,...
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How to draft a recommendation letter for myself to be approved by the department head?

I have worked in the IT department with my current employer for a few years. I am planning to leave this job soon. My department head has agreed to sign a recommendation letter for me. However, he is ...
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How detailed should be the employment certificate?

I want to ask my former employer to issue a letter of Employment Certificate for me so that I can give it to my next employer (in Germany). Besides the employment period and my position title there, ...
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Experience letter or success story

I was working as a solution architect and consultant for a project in one of largest banks in the country through one of the international IT consultancy companies. My project allocation contact ended ...
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Friend wants my recommendation but I don't want to give it to him

I met my friend in my first year of college (Computer Science), so I can tell that I know how well he works and how knowledgeable he is. He's a good friend, we chat occasionally, meet up to have ...
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Is the recommendation of other team members is as valuable as CTOs?

I left my previous company. On the last day, the CTO told me that she can give me a recommendation, and help me to find a new employer. But, later I figured out that when I give a her as a reference ...
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Employment reference with point 2.9 in Germany [closed]

I got a Arbeitszeugnis (Employment of reference) from my previous Employer in Germany. In Germany, it is illegal to write something negative to employees. However, when you look at that, you perceive ...
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Recommendation letter for lecturer from student

My lecturer, who was also my undergraduate thesis supervisor, has requested me to write a LinkedIn recommendation for him. I am in a dilemma of accepting or rejecting this request since I don't think ...
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Could I ask an employee of my company's client for a recommendation letter ? Will it violate any company policy?

I will be applying to Graduate schools for Fall 2019. I have taken my GRE and will be planning to take again. My undergrad core GPA is not very good due to health problems, which I will mention in my ...
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Asking for letters of recommendation when being laid off [closed]

My position was eliminated due to corporate restructuring. Multiple people were affected. When I asked my boss & manager for letters of recommendation, both of them told me they were not allowed ...
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Should I recommend a fired colleague?

I work at a multi-location company, on a project involving people from different offices. I had a co-worker at another location who worked on the same project as me for a few months. Recently she was ...
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My boss is leaving the company. Is it okay to ask him for a LinkedIn recommendation?

I work for a fast-growing startup and I just found out that my direct manager (leading a team of ~25 people) will be leaving the company. I'm fairly confident that he's leaving because of the ...
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Am I obligated to disclose to my boss that somebody else recommended me to our competitor?

I work in a small town with two newspapers. A "friend" took it upon herself to recommend me for a job at the paper I do not work at. Now I am in a position of deciding whether to tell my boss about ...
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Should I ask my boss for their job if they're leaving?

I'm the type of person who doesn't realize when something is out of bounds. My boss is stepping down into a lesser role because she just had a baby and wants to spend more time at home. I've applied ...
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How do you handle continual requirements for targeted reference letters from a small pool of people?

I'm trying leave my current field and get an English teaching position in Japan. One thing that seems to be very common with organizations that hire for this sort of thing is a requirement to provide ...
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In the Netherlands, are reference letters commonly required?

I want to apply for the R&D position in large high-tech company in Netherlands. I currently work in academia and I have never worked in a private company. When applying for the job in the ...
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Recommendation letter and pay slip in Germany [closed]

I quit my job on the 31.07.2017 and still haven't received my recommendation letter (Arbeitszeugnis) and pay slips (Lohnabrechnungen) for the last 4 months from my former employer. Just to be clear, I ...
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My SO is going abroad and I'll most likely move to live with her in less than a year. Should my employer know? [closed]

I have been with my current employer for couple of months now. So far I am extremely satisfied with the job, the only "problem" is that my SO is going abroad for couple of years. At this point there ...
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Should I use a bad reference from an employer that was involved in illegal activities? [closed]

I have a few references. Usually getting job reference in my country is hard as hell. The problem is that I moved to another country and for job applications I decided to go with 3 what I consider ...
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Recommended co-worker gets offered turned down at last second

In April I switched my job. When I departed I made a deal with my (old) boss (he is also the single owner of that 20 people company). Since I am also a teacher at a near university, I get to know many ...
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Recommending a current co-worker

My co-worker has a visa situation - if he does not get the Visa this time around, he is going to have to leave the country and either work out of my company's India office, or look for another job. ...
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Appropriate to Refer Friend When Employer is Considering Applications from my University's Program

I am apart of a program where students at my university are referred by the university to businesses related to our degrees for a full time job for part of the year (in three month periods, twice a ...
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Paper quality for letters of recomendations

I know for your resume you should use the nicer heavier quality paper. But should you do the same for any letters of recommendation you have? I have quite a few and I'm curious if I should use the ...
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Hired as an intern, but employer expects me to work to standard of paid employees [closed]

I was recently hired as an unpaid intern(though not through any school) for a company, in addition to my paid work as a freelancer. The suggestion was that into the deal I would be given training and ...
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How to say politely that recommendation letters directly from reviewers could be sent later? Would this help?

The announcement for a position I am applying to says "two recommendation letters must be sent directly from reviewers". While I have reviewers that could send good recommendations for me, I find to ...
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How to prove I worked at previous place?

I am working in a new company now. At previous company, I was working for a year.It is a small company which has 10 to 15 staffs. I passed the probation after 3 months, but there is no documentation, ...
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Does a short reference letter look bad on an internship application?

My material science teacher is willing to write me a "2-3 paragraph letter of recommendation" for an internship in the stem field. It will be a positive letter of recommendation. Would this short of a ...
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Recommendation letter in Germany (Arbeitszeugnis)

I am working in a IT company in Germany. For the future opportunity in the industry, I asked my adviser to write a recommendation letter for me. He said that he needs at least two weeks to prepare ...
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Received request for letter of recommendation without being asked. How to handle?

Today I received a request for a letter of recommendation concerning a former member of my team (let's call him Bob). We worked together 4 years ago at a company that is now defunct. The request reads ...
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Does a letter of recommendation for a job have to be confidential?

I am an undergraduate computer science student entering my 3rd year of college. I plan on using letters of recommendation to get an internship in the tech industry for next summer. It is likely that I ...
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Translating a foreign-language Letter of Recommendation

Background My question pertains specifically to the German Arbeitszeugnis. A similar discussion (though operating functionally in the opposite direction) was asked here for reference for those ...
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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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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 ...