Who can I ask for a letter of recommendation for a job?

Most commonly, you will ask your former employers and supervisors to be references for you. However, you can also include other people with whom you’ve had a professional relationship. For example, you might include colleagues, business contacts, customers, clients, or vendors.

Can family members write recommendations?

Ask a family member. Under no circumstances should you submit a letter of recommendation from a family member. Most universities will not look at the letter favorably, and it will not make your application stronger.

How do you ask someone for a recommendation?

How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation:

  1. Carefully choose your references. Choose your references based on those who know you best.
  2. Ask early. It is generally best to send your request for a recommendation at least 2 weeks before you will need it.
  3. Use a little flattery.
  4. Ask nicely.
  5. Provide all the necessary details.
  6. Give your reference a way out.

Who should write your letters of recommendation?

The best letters generally come from non-relatives who are well acquainted with you from academic or professional settings (school, work, health-related activities, laboratory performance, volunteer work, etc.).

Does UC require a letter of recommendation?

UC does not require (nor read) letters of recommendation at the time of application. A campus may ask for them later as part of a supplemental review, so be sure to check your email.

Who can give a character reference?

Character references can be provided by teachers, lecturers, group/club leaders, mentors, neighbours, or family friends. They should know the person well, be able to speak highly of them, and have up-to-date knowledge of their personality and abilities.

Who should you list as references?

Consider these eight people when making your reference list:

  • Recent bosses.
  • Co-workers.
  • Professors.
  • Friends… but only if they’re a professional reference.
  • Group members.
  • Any place you’ve volunteered.
  • The person you babysat for or whose lawn you mowed every summer.
  • High school teacher or coach you still talk to regularly.

Can a letter of recommendation be from a coworker?

Sure. Anybody can write a letter for you, but it’s up to the recipient as to how that person’s information is weighted. A co-worker certainly has more insight as to your ability to do a job than your neighbor or your family friend. They can also respond about how you are to work with.