Most definitely “do” !
Are you a good employee? When you apply to a new job, do you wish the potential employer knew how much you contributed to the success of your past employer? Letters of recommendation can resolve this dilemma for you.
In our offices, we have seen job seekers new to our area with absolutely no references to mention on applications or a resume. Perhaps they have moved around frequently through the years and no longer are able to contact the previous references. Or they might have been out of the workforce for a period of time and lost contact. Anytime you leave an employment position, you should ask your co-workers, supervisor and/or employer to write you a letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation provides the advance confirmation to the potential employer of your skills and abilities by a third party. It also continues to shore up your abilities if, unfortunately, an accident or health issue rendered your reference inaccessible at any point in your future.
Any volunteer or community service work you have participated in affords you the opportunity of utilizing those you worked with in this area to provide you with a letter of reference or recommendation.
Please review this article, “How to Ask for a Reference Letter”, you will find excellent pointers on how to ask for your letter, what information to provide the requested person, and ideas on providing a template to assist the letter writer.
An important note, it is always recommended the letter have a handwritten signature. Per wiki.answers.com, it appears it is generally accepted that a typed signature will not be held in as high regard as the handwritten signature.
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