Letter of reference

March 25th, 2006

I’ve received my letter of reference from my previous employer, SAP. I wrote my thesis at the optimization department of the supply chain planning division in Walldorf, Germany, the SAP headquarters. German law requires your employer to give you a letter of reference after you’re no longer affiliated with the company. In this case, it took them about six-seven months and a couple of email exchanges to get the thing done, but as I got a good review from my supervisors, I was determined to get it in writing as well.

Indeed, the letter seems to imply good to very good performance on my part – again, German law prohibits that anything negative be said about an employee in a letter of reference, therefore HR developed a code-language (that’s constantly evolving) for signaling good or bad performance. For example, if it says “Mr. Applicant always strives to be on time”, that means you’ve never been able to make it to the office on time. Fortunately, mine is only saying positive things 🙂

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