Jobs: Asking for Reference and Letters of Recommendation

Are you ready to start a new career in the wine industry? This is a very competitive niche just like any other business. Whether you're looking for a new job, switching careers, or re-entering the wine job market, finding a wine job requires two main tasks: understanding yourself and understanding the wine industry as well.

If you're searching for wine jobs, at some point you're going to be asked for job references. Job candidates often giving them out without thinking what will happen next. But like other aspects of the job hiring, reference checks can be used to your advantage.

If you have been looking for new job in wine industry and you just had an interview, you will definitely need two or more references. A reference is a person who knows you and your work as well. Employers can call references on the phone and ask them a questions about you. You can ask your old boss for reference. Many wine company has a policy against giving references, it's usually human resource staff types who adhere to the letter of these reference policies; personal managers are more open to give more detailed references, no matter what the company policy says. Make sure that you call your old boss and let him know that maybe HR will call him and ask about your past job career and performance in the wine industry. You need to provide correct contact info and need to know that he will be available to take this phone call.

Then you need a letter of recommendation. A letter of recommendation is a letter from a person who knows you and your work as well. Wine companies like to receive letters of recommendation in the mail directly from the letter writer. You have worked or volunteering at any work in the wine industry, you can ask the manager there to write your letter of recommendation and you can ask him to send that letter directly to the company.

Reference letters are rarely worth your time because no one will write a critical information in the reference letters, so we know they don't count for much. Besides, when HR managers from the wine company get to the point when they want to talk to your references. This is the time when they will be asking questions and digging around your personality to check and see if you are the correct person for the job. They really want to talk to them and hear their voice and how they react and hesitate before answering specific question, and hear what happens when digging about potential problem areas.

Tips to ask for Reference and Letters of Recommendation for your Next Job:

1. Ask someone who will say good things about your work.
2. Don't ask a relative.
3. Ask for a letter of recommendation at least a week before you need it.
4. Don't write you're your own letter of recommendation.
5. For references, make sure that you give the correct phone number and person info.
6. Tell your references that someone might call them and ask question about you and you work in the wine industry.

Petar Kirilov, winemaker and founder of, website that offers job in wine industry, unique Winemaking Calculators, Business Directory, Videos, WineNews, and B2B Marketplace for wine industry professionals to promote and market their companies, properties, products, wine job and services for Free.
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