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using reference letters more than 3 years old
Old 06-29-2018, 02:32 PM
 
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I am currently teaching but I like to be prepared in case i decide to look for a new teaching job or need to look for a new teaching job, so I try to get current letters of recommendation whenever possible, such as when my principal retired. However, it is not that easy to keep getting new letters so i am wondering how old is too old that a school won't even look at a letter. I am no longer in contact with the people who wrote my less current letters so I wouldn't be able to ask them to update it. Is it okay to submit older letters of recommendation mixed in with current letters if that's all you have?
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:29 PM
 
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Most of the applications I've filled out will put whatever the district's requirement is on there. I've typically seen applications ask for letters within 3 years or letters within 5 years.

If all you have is older letters, I wouldn't let that stop me from applying. There is always a chance that the hiring principal doesn't care that much. I think the letter of rec thing is silly and outdated- everyone does reference calls anyway so why do you also have to submit a letter?
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