French and Italian graduate students are encouraged to create a career placement file when they are on the job market. In this file, the department holds a repository of letters of recommendation written on your behalf, to be mailed when you are seeking employment.
New letters may be added at any time, and old letters may be removed from current circulation. You may also request specific letters for individual mailings. Contact the graduate student services coordinator concerning the development and upkeep of your file.
Your career placement file will be kept open for five years from the date of creation, unless you request to have it held open after this time. Keep in mind that employers are interested in recent references, so you will want to have your recommenders submit new letters, as appropriate.