A recommendation letter can be the deciding factor between two candidates when there is only one job position available. It offers insight into who you are and what kind of work ethic you can offer a prospective employer. Because senators are among the most respectable offices in the U.S., a letter from one can boost your chances in a competitive job market.
Contact your U.S. senator's office for an appointment. The Senate's website has a list of all senators. There, you can find a link to your senator's website, which will provide contact information for the lawmaker's office in your state. Senators are often too busy to meet with the public, so a staff member will most likely fulfill your request on behalf of the lawmaker. During the initial phone call, explain why you need a recommendation letter and set a time to drop off the supporting documents and briefly introduce yourself.
Bring a copy of your resume, a writing sample, official university or college transcripts, a list of references, an addressed and stamped envelope, and a copy of the job application to your meeting with your U.S. senator or staff member. Leave instructions regarding the deadline and where to return the letter and make copies in case the supporting documents are lost or aren't returned.
Thank the senator of staff member. It is important to express appreciation to the senator and staff member who took time to write your recommendation letter.
Follow up to maintain a friendship with your U.S. senator. Lawmakers are interested in their constituents and would be happy to learn of your successes.
Tips & Warnings
- Senators' offices in Washington, D.C., are generally much busier than their local offices, so they are less likely to fulfill your request.
- A good first impression can result in a better letter of recommendation. Be on time, well-mannered, well-groomed and dressed in professional clothes. Briefly introduce yourself and mention your educational and professional background.
- If the U.S. senator's office is too busy, try getting the recommendation letter from the office of your state senator or state representative.