Topic: No one to write letters of recommendation
May 21, 2019 / By Imogen Question:
Can I ask a letter of recommendation to a teacher even though I'm not sure what kind of job I'm going to apply for? In other words, can I ask a letter of recommendation now, so I could use it in the future?
Also, can I use a single letter of recommendation to apply for different jobs? Or I can only use it once?
Thank you very much.
Eireen | 3 days ago
When you are still in school your teacher(s) are your best source of recommendation for a future job. They are smart enough to know how to word it if you tell them what it is you want and will be using it for, such as, what you state above.
I see nothing wrong with using a single letter of recommendation for different jobs as long as you have a good, clean, clear and crisp copy on good quality paper that you print at home if you have a printer or have a printer print off for you. Recommendations/references are reusable, but you may want to leave the date off if not using them right of way.
If I were you I would ask the particular teacher(s) and your Guidance Counselor how to go about it if you are not quite satisfied with what you end up with. Guidance Counselors, Principles, Vice Principles, Coaches and any one who knows you can be good for this sort of thing and even neighbors. Especially one's that you mow lawns for, babysit and so on. If you know your local Librarian they are good at this also. If you go to Church, your Minister, Pastor Priest or whomever leads your church can also give you these same or in addition to and then maybe you would not need to use all the same or can tailor it to your needs based on who is doing the writing and what they say. I would ask for the info from all that I could and use what is fitting at the time it is needed. I hope this has given you some idea's on who else could be good to ask and broaden your base of suppliers of info that you need or will need.
One last source, even if it may be a bit biased, is, your parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles. No one knows you better than them.
Good luck and best wishes in finding what you need. You should be proud of yourself for asking this question. It is an important future life decision making one and a good one at that!
If you're going to be looking for a job in the immediate future, the yes, you can. But if it's going to be a while, I'd wait. You don't want to be using a letter of recommendation that's two or three years out of date when you start job hunting.
Yes, you can use the same letter of recommendation with more than one prospective employer. Just photocopy it and make it part of your Job Search Packet.
Originally Answered: Would it be rude to ask this teacher for a letter of recommendation?
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