By MH Staff - Posted on 16th January 2014
Make that reference matter, says Dr Andrew Simmons, dirctor of Brown University’s Career Development Center.
Ask your colleague for a copy of the position description and job listing. Many writers repeat qualifications, flubbing the chance to extol the candidate’s character traits – something a CV can’t convey.
Dedicate only a sentence or two to your own introduction. Cite the number of years and capacity in which you and your colleague worked together. Anything more takes the focus off the candidate.
If you remember your friend’s game-changing idea, it’ll also stand out to an employer. Write the anecdote highlighting your colleague’s positive traits and how he or she benefited the company.
Keep it to one page, max. Recruiters read a lot of these. For LinkedIn recommendations, aim for a one-paragraph summary. Any longer taxes attention spans.