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Self-Praise sounds conceited…Why letters of recommendation can boost your professional reputation

In your job search or business activities, you may hear people mention letters of recommendation, but do you really understand what it is? Do you understand how this #careertool can truly help to distinguish you from other candidates in the job market or in business, if you’re an entrepreneur? The title “Self-Praise sound conceited…Why letters of recommendation can boost your Professional Reputation”, speaks to how others view you and its influence on the new professional relationships you cultivate interviews and business meetings.

I don’t want to assume that everyone reading or listening to this post knows what a letter of recommendation is, so let me explain. A letter of recommendation is a letter written by a person(s) who have experienced working with you in a professional capacity and writes a letter communicating how they felt about the work you do, the way it which you do it and how they felt your work positively affected them and the organization you are both associated with. It’s not be textbook definition, but it gives you a better idea of what the letter of recommendation is and what’s included. Now, let’s talk about how this career tool can help you in your career and business ventures.

Your career and your business life cannot survive without other people. I know you wanted to think otherwise, but nothing can be further from the truth. In your career, you need people who will create and offer job/career opportunities. In business, you will need people to market your business to and continuously patronize your business, if you ever hope to keep your business alive. So taking the time to understanding how people work and what they respond to helps you utilize your career tools strategically. The letter of recommendation is no different. There are two major questions that your letters of recommendation will answer for your future employers or new business relationship, if it is structured correctly. Here are the questions:

1. Can this candidate or possible business partner do what their resume or professional snapshot says they can do?

The letter of recommendation written by an individual you worked with or worked for in a job, contract position or voluntary capacity answers the question of what you can do. Your skills and qualifications are validated in the letter of recommendation because it is discussed. The individual should reference two or three of your core skills and qualifications for the industry you have experience or education. This give the business person or interview another person’s perspective on your qualifications and how it will benefit their organization.

2. What is the work ethic or personality type of this person that I cannot find out from this interview?

Since the person writing the letter of recommendation is someone you have previously worked with some capacity, then they should also reference information about your “positive” or “energetic” personality. The person should also reference your strong work ethic and overall attitude of getting the job done well and quickly. These type of phrases in the letters or recommendation will communicate to the future employer or future business partner that you have the aptitude to meet their business needs because of how you work. It is vital to understand that someone else speaking on your behalf automatically bears more weight that you speaking for yourself.

Overall, the letters of recommendation will positively enhance your reputation without you saying a word. Other people you have worked with validates your experience, work ethic and overall qualifications, so it is extremely vital that you use letters of recommendation in your career strategy, especially during job interviews. I want you to know I am hear to help you to become a better version of yourself, professionally. If you need help with getting your letters of recommendation completed or reviewed to make sure this career tool is working for you, then check out the career tools review resource .

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Dear High School Grads…Do you want to live with your parents in your 30s and 40s? – Part 6

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You are now listening to the final Part 6 of the 6-Part series…Putting It All Together.

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Your career & economic life depends on what you do with this information…in order for any of these things to work….you MUST TAKE MASSIVE ACTION! Ultimately, it’s your life…decide now to live it WELL.

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Dear High School Grads…Do you want to live with your parents in your 30s and 40s? – Part 5

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To access Part 2 of the 6-Part series titled Learning about your credit & finances…Go HERE

To access Part 3 of the 6-Part series titled… Having your career tools ready….Go HERE

To access Part 4 of the 6-Part series: “Learn how to handle your job interviews and business meetings like a BOSS…Click Here

You are now listening to Part 5 of the 6-Part series.

Upcoming & the 6th Part of the 6-Part series titled Putting it all together…Your career & economic life. Stay tuned!

To get additional help on how to negotiate you future salary with a personally tailored strategic plan… check out this resource to get started

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Dear High School Grads…Do you want to live with your parents in your 30s and 40s? – Part 4

In the 3rd part of the 6-Part Series, we talked about having and using your career tools such as your resumes, cover letter and letters of recommendation work for you, as long as they are tailored to the career opportunities you truly want. You can go to the 3rd Part of the Series right here.

Now, let’s get into the 4th Part of the 6-Part Series which talks about learning how to handle yourself in job interviews and business meetings, like a BOSS!

If you have your career tools like your resumes, cover letters and letters of recommendation already working for you, then landing job/career opportunity interviews is the next progressive step. If you have never been through the interview process before, it can nerve racking! I can remember like it was yesterday, my first job interview, mind you it was for Arby’s…but I was in high school and my nerves were all over the place! Don’t think I still don’t get nervous. The difference between then and now is repetition, knowledge and strategic preparation. If you have no idea how to prepare for your next interview, please check out this resource to dominate and truly handle the interview, like a true BOSS. Fortunately for you reading this now, you get the benefit of my experience and knowledge, so your learning curve decreases by 80 percent.

Now, if you are going the entrepreneurial route and you start taking business meetings to develop key relationships, then you can schedule an interview session so you can get the results from the meeting you want, like closing the deal, getting the business contract or proposal signed or even a follow-up meeting.

Listen high school graduates, I understand this information is a lot to absorb, but look at the bright side…you are getting an outline to have your career and economic head start in life that most of my generation had to stumble, fight and struggle through. Being a responsible adult who gets to live their dreams, takes preparation, strategic tools, skills and knowledge. Execute these tools now, so your dream life will not die a dream but become your reality.

Now that we have discussed Part 4 of the 6-Part Series, we are going delve into Part 5 of the Series. Part 5 – Learn How to Negotiate for the Job/Career or Business Deals you want. Negotiation is an extremely important skill in your career and in business. Don’t be person in the deal NOT getting what you want. You won’t want to miss out on Part 5 of the Series…

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Dear High School Grads…Do you want to live with your parents in your 30s and 40s? – Part 3

As much as your parents love you and genuinely want to help you….secretly they want you to be fully functional independent adult not dependent on them to provide things like food, clothes, shelter and other basic necessities for you. Some of you may have been raised in households that instilled your independence already. If you fit that description, then you have some of the tools to start working towards your financial independence. If you have no idea I am talking about or can’t relate in any way, then I wrote this piece especially for you.

6 Things you MUST DO to get and keep your economic independence soon after high school graduation. In the first part of the series, we talked about creating a career an economic plan for yourself for the next 10-15 years, so life doesn’t have to slap you around to learn to plan and execute. The first part of the series explored the importance of planning out your career and business path by WRITING THEM DOWN. If you didn’t get the opportunity to read the first part of the series, you can do so by clicking HERE.

In the second part of the 6-Part Series, we discussed the importance of understanding personal credit and how it direct affects your career and/or business opportunities now and in the future. There were also important resources provided on first understanding personal credit and learning how to use it properly. If you have not had the opportunity, go and check out Part 2 of the 6-Part Series Here. Now get into the 3rd thing you need to do to gain your career and economic independence from your parents….

3. Have your career tools ready such as your resumes, cover letters, letters or recommendation and other key resources for job/career opportunities you want or aspire to obtain.

I have a question? Do you know what a resume is? If you don’t know….then a resume, according to the American Standard Dictionary is a brief account of a person’s education, qualifications and previous experience, usually prepared to be given to the human resources personnel or company decision maker usually submitted with a job application during the job/career search process. I wanted to make sure you knew what a resume or cirrculum vitae (CV) was and it’s relevance to your job/career search. You need the resume to give your current and future employers a snapshot of what skills, qualifications and education can be utilized for their business and professional needs. If your resume does not answer those questions for the potential employer, then it’s not doing it job of marketing you very well. If you are struggling or need to make sure your resume is doing its job of marketing you well, then check out the resource to assure this career tool is truly working to benefit your career goals.

In addition to your resume, you will also need cover letter(s) and letters or recommendation. If you don’t know what a cover letter is, then here the merriam-webster’s official definition: a letter sent with, and explaining the contents of, another document or a parcel of goods. In this case, the cover letter is sent with your “resume” to explain important pieces of your resume or job application matching it up with your credentials and interest in the open position. Nowadays, you cannot apply for decently paid position online unless you have these tools prepared and ready for use. If you do not have any of these tools ready and need help with getting the resume and the cover letter done, check out this resource to get your tailored career tools completed and working for you!

If you already have your resume and cover letter but they are not working to get you callback and interviews for the jobs or career opportunities you are applying for, then use this resource to get your career tools reviewed and structured to work for you in the job market.

Know this, I understand how you feel about all the changes surrounding the level of responsibility you know have for your own career and economic life. It even more difficult, when you don’t have a plan. So, let’s go over the what the 6-Part Series has gone over so far…. Part 1 Create a career and economic plan for your life; Part 2 Learn about how your personal credit works now… and we just wrapped up Part 3 of the 6-Part Series.

In Part 4 of the 6-Part Series, we are going to discuss How to Prepare Yourself to handle job/career interviews and business meetings, LIKE A BOSS!

Graduates, I want to welcome you to the DREAM Career Community by inviting you to join our monthly newsletter, where we explore topics helping you to enhance your DREAM CAREER! You can do so by grabbing your FREE DREAM Career Newsletter

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