Overview and Guidelines
You’re leaving your job, and people are asking you if you’re planning to ask your employer for a recommendation letter. Nah, you say, forget it. Who asks for recommendation letters nowadays?
The answer is, everybody! Well, not absolutely everybody, but most hiring managers want to know how your previous employer viewed you, how he or she feels about the work you did. So you must get one.
And if you’re asked to write a recommendation letter for someone, well, it’s up to you whether or not you want to give it. Of course you should, but first, ask yourself, has the employee been a good one? Did he or she work well enough for you to give him a good recommendation? If he wasn’t, you can’t in all honesty write a recommendation letter and say how wonderful he was!
Remember, if you do write one then it’s your responsibility to write a truthful letter. When the person applies somewhere, you might get a call from the new organization asking about the candidate, and you’ll be in a terrible position if you lied.
In a recommendation letter, be enthusiastic because the letter may be the deciding factor in getting the candidate the job.
August 31, 2015
To Whom It May Concern
It is my pleasure to write this letter for Sandra Peterson, who was with us for 7 years and is simply the best registered nurse I have worked with! As Sandra’s immediate supervisor, I can safely say that her dedication to her work is extraordinary and her attitude is positive. Due to these traits, she is respected, even loved, by patients and staff alike.
Many people can have licenses and certifications, but Sandra has an almost incredible propensity to empathize with people in pain or other distress, which sometimes seems to help them beyond the medicines we can give them.
Recently we had a terminal case who was going through deep depression. Sandra not only administered his medicines, but also she visited him in her free time to provide counseling. Once we faced staff shortage some months ago during which Sandra worked overtime, sometimes taking on 2 shifts a day so that the patients would not suffer.
I have no hesitance in recommending Sandra for any nursing position she applies to, as I am in no doubt that her experience and abilities will help her new organization grow and develop. If you require further information, please call me at (888) 888-8888.
Focal Care Hospital
2879 Alabama Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11249