/ Asked by Jisoo
An internship application requires me to have 2 letters of recommendation, one from my advisor and the other from someone else. Should I ask my last summer internship director for a letter of recommendation or my current part-time work employer? My part time work is not really related to my field (pottery painting studio), but knows how I work currently. My last summer internship (music) is in the same field as the internship that I am applying to. Who should I ask for a letter of recommendation from? Thank you!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, February 10, 2014
Both! That way when the job posting asks for two letters of recommendation, your application packet will have exceeded expectations by providing three. Regarding asking for a recommendation from someone not in the field – don’t worry about that. No, that person won’t be able to vouch for your ability to produce XYZ widget (or whatever the new job is). But he or she should be able to speak to your work ethic, ingenuity, positive attitude, ability to solve problems, personal character, and/or other traits sought in the new role. For example, I once hired a graphic designer largely due to a glowing referral by the candidate’s tennis coach. Everything the tennis coach said about the candidate’s extremely positive attitude turned out to be true and I’m glad I took that referral into consideration when I made the hiring decision.
Answered by Maya, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, February 14, 2014
Getting both recommendations would only benefit your application. Since both employers are from two different fields, they might be able to offer different perspectives on your work ethic, personality, your character, etc. As long as they are both able to speak highly of you, it shouldn't be an issue when submitting both. Good luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, February 28, 2014
If possible, I would obtain a letter from both.  The letter from your part-time employer can speak to your work ethic and professionalism and the one from your previous internship can speak to your knowledge of and passion for your chosen field.  Even though the application asks for two letters, I don't believe that the potential employer would turn down a third letter.
Answered by Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Monday, March 3, 2014
Either one of these options are good. Both contacts have exposure to your work ethic and style and can be positive recommendations for your application. Best of luck. Betsy - Accenture campus recruiter
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