Professional letters of recommendation are shared with prospective employers. Reference writers may include supervisors and advisors who are familiar with your professional, leadership, and work experiences, and professors who are familiar with your academic abilities. Teacher candidates should include individuals who have supervised their student teaching and can speak to their potential performance as a teacher.
Be sure to provide your references with a copy of your resume and keep them up to date regarding positions for which you are applying.
Internet sites such Interfolio provide professional credentials services for a nominal fee. Using an online, credentials service allows you to collect, store, update, and request referrals of recommendation letters and application materials via a single, secure website. Benefits include 24/7 availability, speedy service, confidentiality, and the ability for your references to submit their recommendation letters on-line.
With a self-managed document file, you control what is in it and what goes out to employers. By managing your own file, you are able to submit a comprehensive package when applying for positions. You can mail your cover letter, resume, and recommendation letters in one mailing. Use a large (9x12) envelope. Do not fold materials and always type the mailing address on a mailing labels.