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Check Reference Letter - Letters of Reference

A letter of reference is a powerful tool, especially in a tough job market. Supervisors move on - They change jobs and cities. But, a good letter of reference lives on in your portfolio - regardless of what happens to your former bosses.

The ideal time to ask an employer to write a letter of reference is after you've given notice that you're leaving. If you ask for the letter before you're ready to move on, your employer may suspect that you're looking for a new job. Wait too long after you're gone, and the employer may not remember enough to put together a convincing letter. But since resignations are a delicate matter, it is best to wait a couple of days after giving notice to request the letter.

Lay Offs:
Get a letter of reference so that you can prove to a potential employer that you were laid off as a result of the slumping economy and not performance issues.

If you've been laid off, but did not get a letter of reference, contact the Human Resources department of your former employer and request one.

When Supervisors Say 'No'
Some companies have policies which prohibit reference check letters. Sometimes, however, job performance may be an issue. If this is the case, don't spend your time forcing the issue. Find the person who can unequivocally recommend you.

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