Your resume is a key document that tells educators and employers the “whats” of your professional experience… your accomplishments, important dates and locations of work, and any extra experience (like volunteering or travel) that will help you stand out when you apply for a job!
But there’s an extra piece that will give your resume a boost from other applicants, and that’s your letter of recommendation. This letter shows the “how” behind your experience, and adds more details about your skills, professional attitude, and passion for the industry. Letters of recommendation are written by school educators, mentors, or bosses who can vouch for your credibility and work history.
There are a few ways to prepare before asking someone to write your letter of recommendation:
- Decide which employer or educator (they must be a professional contact) should write your letter. Then, share the purpose of the letter and provide them a date that you’ll need your final version. Be mindful that this person will need anywhere from a few days to weeks to write your letter of recommendation. The sooner you ask, the better!
- Provide your employer or educator a copy of your resume, the dates that you’ve known them, and important achievements and qualities that you’d like them to mention in the letter. The more details you can provide about your experience, the better. You can even give them a draft as a helpful starting point!
- Request that the letter be written and signed on company or school letterhead to look more professional and credible. Don’t forget to have the author sign their name along with adding their professional title!
- Give your educator or employer a BIG thank you for endorsing you as a credible Beacon applicant! They’ve gone above and beyond to help your application stand out and further you along the path to success.
Beacon application opens August 12, 2019!
Don’t delay – learn more about the Beacon 2020 entry requirements here.