When your internship ends, you leave (hopefully) with some experience that will help you get a job one day. However, so will every other intern. If you want something that sets you apart and shows what unique value you’re going to bring to a company, you want to get a recommendation letter.
Don’t Ask The CEO Just Because They’re The CEO
It’s natural to want to go the highest authority in your company. After all, they’re words will carry the most weight, right? Well, you actually should ask someone that you’ve worked closely with. Someone who’s letter will be less generic and actually have the personal touch that will get you the job.
Get The Person Writing Your Letter Supporting Documents
Asking for a recommendation letter means you’re asking whoever is writing it to know some things about you. And accuracy sake (as well as to make it easier on them to write the letter) you want to provide some documents like your CV and a summary of projects that you’ve completed during your time with the company.
You don’t want to pressure whoever is writing your letter, but after asking you shouldn’t just wait for the letter either. Check in once in a while to see how the letter is coming along. It’ll keep you at the top of their mind.
Make Sure They Know You Well Enough
Finally, when you’re asking someone to write you a letter of recommendation, you need to make sure that they know you well enough. Just because you think they do doesn’t mean that they feel the same way. Simply ask them if they feel they know you well enough to write your recommendation.