-If you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything.
If you ever wrote a single application for school, scholarship or job, you where most probably asked for a reference letter. This letter is used as the proof of your abilities and skills you wrote about in the application or CV. It is usually written by a professor, employer, coordinator or colleague – someone who knows you well enough that can write few good words about you.
The first and the most important step on your path to a good reference letter is choosing the appropriate person to write the letter about you. First of all, think of someone who knows you and more importantly thinks highly about you and your work. If you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything. Secondly, while choosing the person to write you the reference letter, think of someone who could point out features the company is looking for. For example, if you are applying to work at an international company, or to a foreign school, it is always a good idea to ask your language teacher for a recommendation. Another important fact is make sure the letter is well-written. It could leave a rather bad impression if the reference letter you present is full of grammatical mistakes and isn’t well structured.
Don’t be surprised if someone refuses to write you a reference letter. As we have mentioned earlier, if the person believes can’t represent you in your brightest light, then she/he might refuse to write it. Another reason could be time. If you ask your employer for the reference letter, she/he would probably have few good words to write about you, but maybe doesn’t have that much free time. In that case, it is a good idea to offer to write your own reference letter and just bring it to the employer for supervision and signature.
In general, people are usually willing to write recommendations and reference letter for their employees, colleagues and students knowing the importance of it. However, finding the perfect match might be challenging, because there are many different factors that need to be taken into account.