Welcome Visitor !!! Comprehensive Database of CV's / Resumes in and Around Dubai. 
 
  SEARCH IN
Career Articles > Articles > Maximizing letters of recommendation
MAXIMIZING LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

by Terra L. Dourlain, President of Faith, Winter & Grace, Inc.

Although letters of recommendation will not secure you a job, they are a very important part of the process. They are valuable to employers when many candidates have very similar qualifications. It is in these situations that the letters of recommendation add valuable information to your profile that your resume is not capable of illustrating.

So, what makes one letter of recommendation stronger than another? The person writing the letter is very important. The reference's position and title are key as well as the context of your relationship with them. If you reported to them, then that is a much stronger recommendation than one from a peer. By far the most valuable letters of recommendation come from the people to whom you reported.

You should also consider whether the letters are serving their purpose any longer. For example, once you have been employed, recommendations from teachers or professors no longer carry value. Likewise, letters written from several years ago do not accurately reflect your current abilities.

Once you have identified the best authors, now you must evaluate the value of their content. The more specific the statements made the better. A strong letter of recommendation does not just state what a nice person you are. A strong letter of recommendation will state specifically how uniquely talented you are for the position you are pursuing. Ideally the information provided will include: your personal characteristics, subject knowledge, skill set, specific accomplishments and areas of special strength.

Truth be told, the use of letters of recommendation is fast becoming passť. The fact is that the concept of writing letters of recommendation started back in the time when communication was extremely difficult and employers viewed employees as kin. Terry Devlin, Vice President, Counseling for Career Management International states, "They should only be provided upon the request of the employer. Most employers accept letters of recommendation politely, and ignore them. After all, the candidate is the provider of the letters, and as such, can ensure only the most glowing are presented. Going to an interview armed with letters of recommendation may well brand a person as naive, and serve to eliminate the candidate from consideration."

This makes the use references in your job search increasingly important. Providing letters of recommendation is simply not enough. A potential employer is going to call your references and the people to whom reported in order to get a better understanding of your abilities and qualifications. Likewise, the authors of your letters of recommendation are still likely to be called. This is done as a means of uncovering fraud. Is the letter authentic or did the employee write it themselves? Therefore, the verbal statement provided by these authors is critical, or the letter loses all value and is actually harmful as it appears fraudulent.


Back
 
CAREER ARTICLES
OTHER ARTICLES
SEARCH IN
  @2005 DubaiResumes.com - all rights reserved  about us |  links |  contact us |  privacy statement 
Online Shop in Dubai with best deals on Perfumes, Electronics, Watches and more | Social Online Dating | Online Music and Radio Stations | Online Florists - Flower Shop | Send Flowers to Dubai | Send Gifts and Flowers to Dubai | Tiny URLs, Short URLs | UAE Mega Deals| Reviews of Products, Services and Businesses in DubaiElegance Shades| Car Shades| Awnings| Canopies | unvy.com - streaming engine for the worlds music | PR Buzz for your articles | Dubai Media & Design | Dubai Models | Dubai Recipes | Dubai Resumes | Dubai Websites | Buy Domains | Classifieds | Web Design Templates | World B2BDubai SEO | 1800 ask help | 21 hours | cctv Dubai | Companies Dubai | Dubai Companies | dubai travel tours | Kohk.com | oymy.com | PC Dubai | pandrowala.com | sirajpatel.com | the domains factory | dubai freelancers | Genuine Parts | discount sales | bahrain mega deals | saudi mega deals | kuwait mega deals | carlton tower dubai | ace promotion | shopping points news | boost article | flowers uae | ubs bonds | flower delivery specialist | cartridge world me | why dubai | liberia embassy cairo | discovery uae | dazzle abaya | golden spring uae | select decoration | shia azadari | vibrate fashion | cats uae | aalishan | academy of | al hosni group international | al tomooh group | artemis electrical | concept dubai | cyborg it | sorouh group | sunset events dubai | swift telecom