Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Man Laid off Should Get Letter of Recommendation

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Man Laid off Should Get Letter of Recommendation

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Dear Bruce: I am 44 years old and worked for the same company for 10 years until two months ago. The company decided it's time to let go of some of its top-paid employees and one of them was me.

Do you think I can ask my employer of 10 years for a letter of recommendation? -- B.D.

Dear B.D.: I see no reason why you shouldn't ask for a letter of recommendation, assuming that the only reason you left was because the company laid off a number of people. I would go to the top boss personally and ask for such a letter. The worst he can say is no, but I can't imagine that, if you had a good record with him, he would have any reservation about giving you a nice recommendation.

Dear Bruce: My dad passed away a few years ago, and since then, my mom has been using credit cards as a way to pay bills. …

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