Professional relationships with current or previous employers Professional relationships with current or previous employers In Week 3, you should have begun soliciting recommendations from current or previous employers or supervisors. If not, begin soliciting recommendations via LinkedIn or contact them directly by email or telephone. Be polite and professional in your solicitation. Try and acquire the recommendations before the end of the week. Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that evaluates the recommendations you received, and those you did not. Consider the following: Who did you reach out to and what is their relation to you? Who responded and what did they have to say? Was there anything in the recommendation you felt was missing? Who did not respond?Is there a reason why they might not have responded? What did this assignment teach you about your professional relationships with current or previous employers or supervisors? What can you do to strengthen weak professional relationships? Include copies of the recommendations in your paper. Cite 3 reputable references to support your assignment (e.g., trade or industry publications, government or agency websites, scholarly works, or other sources of similar quality). You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes. Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages. Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor. The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.