Asked by Adriana on June 20, 2018
Answered by Amber, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on June 20, 2018
Hello! Larger companies are moving away from checking references for various reasons. With that being said, I think a letter of recommendation is a good idea. It gives the recruiter and/or hiring manager a chance to see what your former colleagues/managers have to say about your abilities. Along with your resume and cover letter, it’s nice to see that you already have put the effort into getting professional references. One or two letters would be great to include in your application. Otherwise, a company will ask specifically if they need professional references. Good luck!
Answered by Carrie, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on July 5, 2018
That’s a great question! I agree with Amber, most larger companies aren't requiring applicants to attach a letter of recommendation when they apply. With that being said, I think it's always a good idea to have a few letters of recommendation on hand, because a company may ask for them. For the number of letters, I personally think that the quality is more important than the quantity you have, be sure you are asking the right people who know you the best to write your letters.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on July 9, 2018
Hello! I agree with the previous posters, but wanted to add one more piece of information. If you haven't already, I encourage you to build your person brand on LinkedIn and other easily utilized social channels. You can ask that your references speak to your skills and their experience with you in an endorsement there.
It has not been my experience that you are typically asked for letters of reference during the application process for most jobs. If you looking to become part of a specific program - Internships, Leadership development, etc. - It is more likely they will be looking to obtain references as you may not have as much work experience to draw from.
One last tidbit...recruiters are typically looking to find candidates they want to move forward with quickly and efficiently. Don't make it hard for them to see how great you could be for the job. If your best info is buried in a letter of rec that wasn't asked for and isn't part of your app package, you may be losing out on a chance to put your best foot forward.
Best of luck!