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Reference Letters ?

Old Oct 10th 2002, 11:58 am
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G'day !!

It appears that not only for the visa, but also for enrollment in an Australian university (postgraduate) and for job seeking, I need a series of reference letters from my former employers.

Does any of you know what is to be included in those reference letters ? Does any of you have some examples they would be ready to share ?

Thanks a lot.

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Old Oct 10th 2002, 1:11 pm
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I am doing my postgraduate here in Melbourne uni., but not from UK. My
references letters actually are just the normal one. make sure it is in
company letterhead, and a good descriptions of your job duties and your
performance... that's whay i have. Hope this can give you some ideas...

Tom

    > It appears that not only for the visa, but also for enrollment in an
    > Australian university (postgraduate) and for job seeking, I need a
    > series of reference letters from my former employers.
    > Does any of you know what is to be included in those reference letters ?
    > Does any of you have some examples they would be ready to share ?

 
Old Oct 16th 2002, 9:37 am
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A good reference letter from an employer should contain the following:

Employment start and end dates
Job title & type of business
Responsibilities ie. did you have staff to supervise or train
Type of employee you are ie. works well as part of a team, a leader,
able to prioritise, calm & methodical etc.
Personal traits ie. punctual, reliable, motivated, cheerful
Any staff training you under took
Any further study you did whilst in this employment
Any promotion whilst in this employment

If you are looking at a Statement of Employment then it should definitely
include all of the above plus a detailed account of your duties. Going
through your job description will address some of these, no doubt. A
Statement of Employment needs to be full & very specific as this is where
most assessments go wrong. It also needs to be signed legibly with the
person's name typed underneath and dated very clearly, all on letterheaded
paper with a phone number included. When I was looking to get mine done I
made a list of every skill I had and used since starting that job and
everything I had done. In my case this was relatively easy as I am a nurse &
we were obliged to keep records on ourselves & our development which we
constantly had to prove. I gave it to my boss along with the above list &
told her how important it was that the statement needed to be very specific
and suggested that what I had listed be included. I got back a very detailed
statement & positive assessment. Don't worry about including too much
detail. Too much will not fail you whereas too little will!

Good luck.

Siobhan



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    > I am doing my postgraduate here in Melbourne uni., but not from UK. My
    > references letters actually are just the normal one. make sure it is in
    > company letterhead, and a good descriptions of your job duties and your
    > performance... that's whay i have. Hope this can give you some ideas...
    > Tom
    > >
    > > It appears that not only for the visa, but also for enrollment in an
    > > Australian university (postgraduate) and for job seeking, I need a
    > > series of reference letters from my former employers.
    > >
    > > Does any of you know what is to be included in those reference letters ?
    > > Does any of you have some examples they would be ready to share ?
    > >
 
Old Oct 16th 2002, 4:46 pm
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Thank you so much Siobhan. I am definitively going to use your check list to do mine.
It is a great help.
Thanks again.
Regards,
Jo.


Originally posted by Siobhan Hanrahan:
A good reference letter from an employer should contain the following:

Employment start and end dates
Job title & type of business
Responsibilities ie. did you have staff to supervise or train
Type of employee you are ie. works well as part of a team, a leader,
able to prioritise, calm & methodical etc.
Personal traits ie. punctual, reliable, motivated, cheerful
Any staff training you under took
Any further study you did whilst in this employment
Any promotion whilst in this employment

If you are looking at a Statement of Employment then it should definitely
include all of the above plus a detailed account of your duties. Going
through your job description will address some of these, no doubt. A
Statement of Employment needs to be full & very specific as this is where
most assessments go wrong. It also needs to be signed legibly with the
person's name typed underneath and dated very clearly, all on letterheaded
paper with a phone number included. When I was looking to get mine done I
made a list of every skill I had and used since starting that job and
everything I had done. In my case this was relatively easy as I am a nurse &
we were obliged to keep records on ourselves & our development which we
constantly had to prove. I gave it to my boss along with the above list &
told her how important it was that the statement needed to be very specific
and suggested that what I had listed be included. I got back a very detailed
statement & positive assessment. Don't worry about including too much
detail. Too much will not fail you whereas too little will!

Good luck.

Siobhan



"Bee" wrote in message
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u
...
    > I am doing my postgraduate here in Melbourne uni., but not from UK. My
    > references letters actually are just the normal one. make sure it is in
    > company letterhead, and a good descriptions of your job duties and your
    > performance... that's whay i have. Hope this can give you some ideas...
    > Tom
    > >
    > > It appears that not only for the visa, but also for enrollment in an
    > > Australian university (postgraduate) and for job seeking, I need a
    > > series of reference letters from my former employers.
    > >
    > > Does any of you know what is to be included in those reference letters ?
    > > Does any of you have some examples they would be ready to share ?
    > >
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