QUESTION: Should I get letters of recommendation when I apply for a new job? My old boss said she would write one for me.
ANSWER: Honestly, I do not advocate the use of unsolicited letters of recommendation. They should be provided only upon request of the employer.
Letters of recommendation are quaint holdovers from gentler times when methods of communications were slow and employers often took a long-term interest in their employees.
Going to an interview in the modern, fast-paced marketplace armed with letters of recommendation can reduce the time you have to present yourself. And if your interviewer requests them, this gives you another chance for a conversation!
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