How to ask for a job reference/ recommendation letter from volunteering
Job references and/or recommendation letters are not always required when applying for a new job; however, some employers do request them. For most of the work force this is not an impossible task, what happens when the only work history you have is volunteering? How do you get the information you need?
First of all what you need to remember is that volunteering is still classed as work, it is categorized as volunteering because it is not for profit. It makes no difference on the amount of hours you have put in for one particular charity; you may have volunteered with many different charities’s giving each of them only a few hours of your time. On the other hand, you may have given hundreds of hours to one charity.
The point is you are well within your rights to ask for a job reference or recommendation letter to pass on to a potential new employer. The truth is most volunteer organizers will be more than willing to help you out, all you have to do is ASK!
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