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2 Reasons To Have A Recommendation Letter When Job Searching

Posted by | July 27, 2015 | Graduate Article

By Sera Kazungu

“I am leaving my current job for a new one, I have been debating on whether to ask my former employer to write me a recommendation letter or not. Will I really need it?” Inquires Jason Mugo via email.

The recommendation letter is an important part of getting employment. This is because it speaks of your capabilities and accountability to a potential employer. In a way, it helps potential employers to create a mental picture of you as a worker and also as a person.

According Justus Ng’etich, it is important to have a recommendation letter when you want to give proof of where you were working before.

The following are the reasons it is important to invest in a good recommendation letter.

Importance Of A Letter Of Recommendation

1.It will make job searching easier.
This is because the letter of recommendation gives you credibility. It will make potential employers see that you are an asset and that they will not be making a mistake by hiring you.

Arming yourself with a recommendation letter goes to show that you have nothing to hide and that you have the confidence of someone in authority; especially if it is a former employer.

HRs consider the recommendation as 30% of your application. This is an advantage to them as they do not have to make a million calls to verify that you worked where you claim.

2. It shows that you are a good employee
If you are the type of a person who always burns bridges when leaving previous places of employment, chances are that you will not have a recommendation letter.

Having one goes a long way to show that you are a respectable person who left their previous job with grace and consideration. Usually, it will sometimes even help you to avoid the common interview question, “why did you leave your previous job”.

Do not underestimate the importance of a letter of recommendation. When you are attending an interview or you are job searching, always remember to bring it along.