I have a lot of experience writing resumes, and I consider myself pretty good at it. I’m not one to brag, but I think I have gotten it down to an art form. I know a format that makes everything look appealing and professional, and I have come up with excellent, succinct summaries of all of my job experience.
College internships are great ways to earn work experience. These experiences, however, when mandated as a degree requirement, hurt students’ immediate success.Source: https://www.iowastatedaily.com/opinion/opinion-letter-to-the-editor-internship-requirement-degree-greenlee-school-journalism-success-students/article_df062328-6f8c-11ea-89f4-537c6ef066c6.html
That is why I did not expect writing a work experience letter to be any difficulty. In the industry I am in, I have to talk about myself a lot. Writing a work experience letter should have been just like talking about my own experiences, but it wasn’t. As a matter of fact, I slaved over that work letter for almost a week. In the past, I had always been able to include a copy of my resume. This allowed me to show whoever I was applying to that I was really serious about the work I wanted to do. What I set out to write a work experience letter, however, I wasn’t supposed to send it with a resume. I felt helpless to really prove myself to my prospective boss.
Fortunately, I have a friend who has done some work as a career counselor. He seemed like just the logical person to talk to about work experience letters and, sure enough, he was. He gave me a lot of valuable tips about writing business letters. Many of the same things that I had always done for resumes actually work very well for work letters. You do not want to make it too talky. Basically, you want to keep it down to brief summaries of the highlights of your career and the skills you possess. Once he showed me how to structure my letter, it really turned out to be no more difficult than writing a resume.
I have learned a few things about writing work experience letters from this ordeal. One of the biggest tips that I can give you is not to get stressed out about it. The key with a work experience letter is to be confident but not to exaggerate your qualities. There’s a fine line that you have to walk to write a perfect work letter. In addition, you have to make sure to organize things very well. Word choice counts for a lot. Think of your letter of work experience as something like a resume in prose form and you won’t go wrong. If you can find someone to look it over, do, but if you can’t, don’t worry about it.