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Should I recommend a fired colleague?

shall I mention to the prospective employee that she was actively fired, not simply "being redundant"? You shall mention and answer what they ask you, and in a way you feel comfortable. You say you ...
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How do I ask my previous managing director for a recommendation she offered when I was leaving?

You're overthinking this. Hi $MD_NAME. When I left $COMPANY_NAME 2 months ago, you kindly offered to give me a letter of recommendation. While I didn't need this at the time, it would be very helpful ...
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Friend wants my recommendation but I don't want to give it to him

I have been in that situation, and not only once, it is definitely an ugly decision to make. I decided to be open with my friend, and tell him that I don't feel like recommending him as I would only ...
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Friend wants my recommendation but I don't want to give it to him

I don’t want to be responsible if he gets the job in my company and fails as my manager would probably blame me and would likely jeopardise my position here. If he gets the job, it won't be down to ...
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Friend wants my recommendation but I don't want to give it to him

As you clarified in the comment, your company has a public portal for job applications. Mention to your friend: We have this job portal and we're encouraged to inform any potential employee to ...
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Recommending someone while being newly-hired myself

Being new yourself is not at all a reason to not recommend your friends or former colleagues, especially if you know that they are good specialists with good behavior. Your manager might not trust ...
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Received request for letter of recommendation without being asked. How to handle?

Think about it: Are you sure that Bob told the company "ams agreed to write a letter of recommendation"? Didn't it occur to you that they might have asked Bob "Anybody who might write a letter of ...
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Should I recommend a fired colleague?

You say you want to help her, so help her. Stress the positives, avoid the negatives, and hope that someone will be willing to do the same for you in your hour of need. If you don't feel comfortable ...
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Friend wants my recommendation but I don't want to give it to him

After reading the question it's not clear to me if the question is about a recomendation letter or a simple CV delivery. If the latter, that's not unusual and a hiring managers should be used to this....
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Should I recommend a fired colleague?

Recently she was fired (I don't know any details, but it was quite abrupt). shall I mention to the prospective employee that she was actively fired, not simply "being redundant"? No. You ...
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Received request for letter of recommendation without being asked. How to handle?

This answer is heavily influenced by the germany tag and German work laws. Its contents might sound nonsensical, or counterintuitive, to anyone living in a more sensible different country. Links in ...
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How to politely but firmly tell that my ex-boss' recommendation letter is not ethical?

I believe that my boss did a borderline defamation and shown unethical behavior Unless you have very deep pockets and want to engage an attorney, this is a 'so what'. Moreover, I am not sure that I ...
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Recommending someone while being newly-hired myself

Should I still go ahead and recommend him within the company or just let him apply standardly? Yes, you should go ahead and recommend him. While you don't have any track history within the company, ...
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Received request for letter of recommendation without being asked. How to handle?

I fully agree with Chad: You could just ignore the request and not reply at all. That is probably the best option for bobs chances. You do not want to impair his chances. You also don't want to ...
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Hired as an intern, but employer expects me to work to standard of paid employees

You're being exploited by this company. They didn't need or want an intern; they wanted another employee and figured they could save a few bucks by calling it an internship. This happens all the time, ...
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Friend wants my recommendation but I don't want to give it to him

As you've pointed out in the comments of other answers, your company has a public portal for job applications but word-of-mouth and recommendations go a long ways in the application process. "Word ...
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Recommendation letter in Germany (Arbeitszeugnis)

That's a problem even native speakers have with the "Arbeitszeugnisse". By law they have to be positive. There can't be anything negative or critcising in it. Even if the employer had proof of the ...
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Recommending a current co-worker

While historically you would give a recommendation at the end of a relationship, social media (in this case LinkedIn) has changed that. It used to be that the only time that anyone would be looking ...
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Should I keep my recommendation letter within one page?

The purpose of the letter is for you to say "I know this student, I've seen her work, and I think she'd would be a great fit for this role." It's nothing more than a sanity check (especially for an ...
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Unreturned recomendations on Linkedin: should I hide them?

If you wrote a good recommendation for someone else, there is no reason not to display it on your profile. This will display to those viewing your profile that you have worked well in the past with ...
Yaakov Ellis's user avatar
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How to politely but firmly tell that my ex-boss' recommendation letter is not ethical?

I believe that my boss did a borderline defamation and shown unethical behavior, and I would like to take action by speaking directly to him. So do it. Don't use the term "defamation" ...
Joe Strazzere's user avatar
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Asking for recommendation letter from my new manager when I just recently started?

I am unsure as to how to navigate this landscape. Last time you attempted to enter grad school you surely included a recommendation letter, and at that time you weren't at this company. Do that. ...
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Recommending my wife for a job at my workplace

Is it inappropriate to ask the supervisor of that department about the position and recommend my wife? It's not inappropriate at all to ask. Some companies frown on spouses working in the same ...
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Should I recommend a fired colleague?

I'm unsure of the standards of professionalism within all fields, but in engineering, if someone asks you for a reference and you agree to provide one, it is not appropriate to offer up negative ...
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Asking for a recommendation from a former coworker, whom I would not feel comfortable to recommend back

Frame challenge: you're looking at the wrong problem. Here's why: You don't respect Alex enough to give them any sort of recommendation. You don't respect Alex enough to value any recommendation they ...
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Hiring company asks for my previous performance reviews and for a recommendation?

give them a phone number where they can reach out to a manager with whom I worked in the past. It is not uncommon for a reference to be asked for as part of a interview process. the company asked ...
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My boss is leaving the company. Is it okay to ask him for a LinkedIn recommendation?

Is it okay to ask him for a recommendation at this point? Probably better now than later. After starting a new job, people usually are busy focusing on getting up to speed etc., and there is nothing ...
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Recommendation letter in Germany (Arbeitszeugnis)

In Germany, there are two types of recommendation letter: Arbeitszeugnis : this is a formal certificate. It is more about confirming that you worked in that company from time A to B. There will be ...
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Is it ethical to accept an internship that I got because of a recommendation when I failed the (technical) inteview?

Now, I want to let go of the opportunity for now and try at other companies. Is this the correct decision? If you want to work at this company, it would be foolish to turn down the opportunity to ...
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