There are a lot of things that factor in the job applications that students send forth for their first-full time job after college. Some belong to the lucky lot that get an offer from the organizations they interned at. Others have to struggle and fight their way through the cut-throat competition at the campus placements or sending out applications on their own. A good resume and CV would land you the interview call but what happens after that it's all dependent on how you perform during the interview. But still all that the employer knows about you is either based on what you have told them or whatever little they could make of your personality at the interview.
Imagine the difference that the word of a third person could make in such a scenario. This is the reason why recommendation letters still hold a lot of value when applying for job even though they are no longer a necessary part of them. But if the recommendation letters hold such importance while applying for jobs how do you ensure that you get a good recommendation. The answer is simple you make good relationship with people at your workplace. And for freshers you make a good impression on your professors or your seniors at the organizations that you interned with.
If an employer asks for references they would ask for at least a minimum of 2 references. Hence, if you are a graduate fresh out of college, your college professors are an ideal choice for you to get recommendation letters from. But if you were thoughtful enough about your career and made an effort enough to intern at some organization you can also ask your seniors for recommendation letters. Since, most employers would ask you for at least a minimum of 2 references best to get them from people who are knowledgeable about different aspects of your personality. Like get one from your professors in college and the other from your senior at the internship.
However, whenever you ask someone for a letter of recommendation whether they are your college professors or your senior at your last work organization here are some things that you should keep in mind.
Whenever you consider asking a person for reference make sure that know you well enough to talk about your capabilities and skill sets. Select someone who is aware of your professional dreams and your preferences. Don't just go on asking the most popular professor on campus or the most friendly person at your workplace for recommendation. Contrary to your belief, chances are that these people know the least about your true potential and your capability to perform in a professional space.
Talk to the person whomever you wish to write a recommendation letter beforehand. Ask them if they are comfortable giving recommendation letter If your potential employer happens to ask for them. As the recruiters won't give you much time for most of them prefer to talk to your references over phone or other such medium rather than receiving a printed letter. Talking to them before hand will help a person be prepared and give better response to the questions put forward by the recruiters.
Although the people you end up asking recommendations from are the ones who have observed you quite closely and are privy of your achievements and strengths. Still is always safer to brief them a little about the job profile you are applying for and why you think you are a good candidate for the job. Make sure they understand why you are applying for the profile and why you believe it is good for you.
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