How To Use
Reference letters are helpful and rarely used tools. They are helpful not only for employment but also for business investment purposes and a host of other things.
The above letter is often a good icebreaker for an employer you have not been in contact with for some time. If you retain any kind of ongoing relationship with the individual, consider calling them instead. In addition, remember to include the Reference Letter, Permission by Employee, document.
This will expedite the process and, on a more visceral basis, please them that you were thoughtful enough to include it so they could act promptly on your behalf but be covered legally in their personnel files for their reference.
Interestingly, the longer you have been away from employment at the company in question, presuming the same cast of characters are there, the better they will usually remember your employment there. Their more recent issues have long since obscured whatever problems you may have had there.
If your immediate supervisor left that company, by all means get his or her recommendation even if they are at another company and/or in a different industry. People generally try to be helpful in this area.
- Make a list of possible references. Keep working on the list for a few days and you will find new, and often better, names popping up.
- Call to follow-up on the Reference giver. Make sure it has been done or get another person to do it, either in that organization or in another. You are generally advised to get your most enthusiastic backer, though lower in the organization (as long as the enthusiasm relates to your work their).