Friday, September 24, 2010


Just got a 2nd interview at the insurance defense firm and my hopes are up big time.  That's three interviews and three 2nd interviews all in the span of one week.  The buildup alone is driving me crazy.  Next week has potential to go very well, or very badly.  I'm hoping it goes very well.

On a related note, my boss offered to write a letter on my behalf to my interviewers at the insurance defense firm.  I don't really know what to do with this.  On one hand, what harm can it do?  On the other hand, can it do any harm?

Despite the amount of shit I talk about him on this blog, he's a pretty nice guy and would definitely build me up pretty good in a letter.  But, he's definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed, so I don't want some random letter to hurt my chances at getting a legit job. 

Right now, I'm leaning towards not having him send a letter.  The whole thing feels like something that people don't actually do.

I honestly don't know what to do on this one.  Any input would be great.


  1. I'm not sure about the boss letter, but I never worked insurance defense, either. The furthest I went was having my (old crazy) boss write a recommendation for me on LinkedIn, which was weird enough, but I figured if he friended me on LinkedIn, I should get some benefit.

    Good luck with the 2nd interview!

  2. Why not let him give you the letter so you can mail it yourself? You can review the letter and, if you don't like what it says, toss it.

  3. why dont you see if you can write the letter for him, have him sign it, and then you send it. quality control. all the bosses that have done it for me actually wanted me to write it because they didn't have time and wanted to make sure what they said would be most beneficial to me.

  4. If your boss knows someone at the firm, I'd do it. But you've already gotten to the 2d interview on merits, so a letter from an unknown lawyer probably isn't going to help you in ways you can't help yourself. I think it can do harm even if the letter is meant well, and you come off lukewarm (or some lawyer over-analyzes the letter or finds a typo or something). If they want to know more, they'll do a reference check and get the same spiel he would have put in a letter.

    Good luck!

  5. I'm with David Whelan, right now.

    My issue isn't with the content of the letter. I'm a good employee and my boss does like me, so I know that would be reflected in the letter.

    My issue is that he doesn't know anyone at the firm and it would basically just be a letter from some random lawyer on my behalf. I know my boss means well, but I'm just not sure that there are any benefits here. Much less any benefits that outweigh the slight chance that something goes wrong.

  6. I'm so excited for you! I have been checking your blog like three times a day for updates...fingers crossed!!