Aruna Jha
What is the difference between an Employment certificate and an Experience letter? When I left my last job, I just got a letter saying "This is to certify that Mrs Aruna Bhat has worked with us in so and so capacity from this to this period." That's it, nothing else.
Does that count as a Certificate of Employment or Experience letter? What should actually be the format of each?
If what I have is not an adequate Experience letter, should I ask for something supplementary? Its been almost three months since I left my job. Can my former employer refuse to give me additional documents now saying I should have asked earlier? What would be the best way to ask for it?
To give you my background:
I worked for over a year and a half as a teacher in a private institution for foreign language education. My role was much like freelance teacher getting periodic short term work but the whole set up was very much like an employer-employee structure rather than a freelancer-client structure. During the last work arragement, I resigned midway due to stark differences of opinion and mismanagement, and on not very good terms. I offered to complete my term before leaving as I had not given a notice in advance, but they accepted my resignation from the very day.
Please advise.
Thank you

From India, Mumbai

Hi Aruna,
Both are as much similar to each other as common basis in both used to be 'employed' in an organisation. Service Certificate used to be a simple one, many look like a format with logo address of the office like a letter head, standard basic information, may be or may not be serially numbered such as, Name of employee/Employee No., designation at the time of leaving, date of joining, date of leaving, reason for leaving, some may indicate 'last pay drawn' and his 'remarks' where his/her service was .........(poor, average, good, very good, excellent, outstanding or satisfactory) like what grading we find in the school leaving certificate, signed with seal, date of issue. A duplicate copy of the same is retained at office.
Whereas 'Experience Certificate' used to be little more elaborate, something like descriptive mentioning his/her career growth, positions held, knowledge acquired, assignments handled, his contribution to the organisation, achievements etc. This format not used to be like the other one. Generally dictated/typed in sentences of choice of the issuer. This may be selectively issued to 'go-getters' wishing all the best. Shrewd employees should periodically obtain such certificates whenever his/her bosses with whom they were friendly/close/got along leave the organisation for the period covering their tenure under them. Such certificates serves handy whenever & wherever opportunities are pursued for further growth in their career.
Both the certificates, it's better to obtain them before one leaves. Chasing after leaving and after elapse of years really difficult that too from seniors with whom relationships was not that cordial extremely tough or not possible.

From India, Bangalore
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