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Letter Of Reference Mid Career
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Posted by: site admin @ 8:25 am

Dear Dan,

As we’ve discussed, I have been told I will no longer be working for Polaroid.  After 34 years of  hard work I have been told I am no longer part of the organization’s plans as they make the next transition.  While all the details are not complete, it appears that I will be working at another location for a couple of months to transition a person to work there, before the end of the year, I will be out of a job.  Is there anything you recommend I do?


One Response to “Letter Of Reference Mid Career”

  1. site admin Says:

    Hi G,

    Let’s look at this as a transition of a highly skilled person who has made many valuable contributions. I know you have worked in several areas and are a sought after team player. You contribute in many different ways.

    Before things of the transition take over, get yourself used to the notion of leaving mentally and psychologically. It happens to most people. Your situation is favorable in that you have time on your side. However, it is going to happen. It will not likely change.
      With this in mind, think about all the things you currently have here at work, is there anything that you would like to maintain possession of after you have left. Consider requesting them, as a sign of professionalism as being yours. But ask for them! Many things are the company’s property, but in most cases the company will not use them once they have the items back
      Consider asking for outplacement services. They are extremely valuable counseling and coaching programs that can last for specific time frames and are the current method for the best companies to help people move to their next position in a business-wise fashion. The service provides many different functions. You can find out what kinds of things you might ask for based on previous history of people leaving. Consider treating it as a request, rather than an entitlement…
      Consider asking key leaders of the company for letters of reference, while you are still there as an employee. This is something that can be an asset at interviews. There are several things that make the letter of reference stand out.
    1. The appearance of a letter is a reflection on both the writer and the person for whom it is written and it can also determine whether it will be read or not.
    2. Briefly, include your affiliation/ relationship with the person. Were you a supervisor? President of the company?
    3. Either provide the reference a list of accomplishments, organizations that you belong to, or any other relevant information. (It might be a surprise to see how much you have done outside of your contact with them.) or a copy of your resume.
    4. In a one page letter, on company stationary, dated and signed as originals in a sealed envelope, labelled confidential, with the references initials written on the seal, concentrate on several different aspects of the person
       . -Specifically identify his/her skills, attitudes, personal attributes, and growth,
         -His/her contributions to and performance within your organization.  
         -Don’t reference characteristics that can be the basis of discrimination, such as race, color, nationality, gender, religion, age, appearance, any handicapping condition, marital or parental status, or political point of view.

    Beware of the power of words! Some words seem harmless in every day conversation, but carry positive or negative connotations to a prospective employer.
           Avoid bland words such as: nice, good, fairly, reasonable, decent, satisfactory
           Use powerful words such as: articulate, effective, sophisticated, intelligent, observant, significant, expressive, creative, efficient, cooperative, imaginative, assertive, dependable, mature, innovative 

    see, Tips for Writing a Letter of Reference by Ralph Brigham, Montana State University
    5.  Give the reference writer some time to write the letter.

    Example                               July 24, 2006
    To whom it may concern:                                           RE: Letter of Reference: Mr. G S

      I have been requested to write, and I enthusiastically endorse in, a letter of reference for Mr. G S with whom I have worked with at Polaroid Corporation. Mr. S has worked for Polaroid for over 34 years and with me at the New Bedford film-manufacturing site for more than 7 years. From everyone who has had dealings with Mr. S, we find him as committed, personable and trustworthy a financial analyst as there is in this business. I have no reservations in highly recommending him for future employment opportunities.
      G does much more than ‘work the numbers.’ He understands the business model and helps develop practical measures to express our plans, activities and outcomes honestly and with full integrity. Mr. S not only has a very strong formal background, he has handled large corporate issues with credit and collection and working knowledge of most recent versions of SAP and Hyperion.
      As most managers know, it is not just formal training in these matters that counts, it is experience combined with detailed study that has made him a seasoned veteran. My personal experience has demonstrated that G is a genuine team player who is willing to roll up his sleeves and take on challenges do get things done for the business.
      Based on my experience, any employer who finds G’s skills a match to their needs will be very pleased to hire him for their office.




    “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

    - Miz Dot–

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