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question regarding recommendation letter. Please, help. [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 22:26
Hello.

My boss asked me to give her a sort of guide ( I think she meant first draft) so that she can write better recommendation letter.

However, I don't know how I should write "the guide"

The reference form of the school I am applying is slightly different from what I expected.

In the form, there are ten sections such as communication skill, and each section has a check box from bad to very good and an open comments box that asks referees to write about me, maximum 50 words.
After those ten sections, there is one more open comment box that allows referees to talk about me if referees want, maximum 100 words.
The ten sections are Communication Skills, Team Work, Confidence, Self Awareness , Motivation/ Proactive mentality, Flexibility/ Openness, Selfless Contributions, Learning Ability, Ethics and Integrity, Leadership.

My problem is that I don't know how to approach this form.
[b]The form is too specific, and the number of words allowed is too short. [/b]

Should I write something like "the applicant could deliever speech well so I could understand her easily" for the comminication skill?
Or should I write specific examples?
I am concerned that if examples are too specific, it might be obvious that I am the one who write the recommendation letter.


Please, help me!!!!

Thank you for your answer in advance.
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Re: question regarding recommendation letter. Please, help. [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 22:46
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eybrj2 wrote:
Hello.

My boss asked me to give her a sort of guide ( I think she meant first draft) so that she can write better recommendation letter.

However, I don't know how I should write "the guide"

The reference form of the school I am applying is slightly different from what I expected.

In the form, there are ten sections such as communication skill, and each section has a check box from bad to very good and an open comments box that asks referees to write about me, maximum 50 words.
After those ten sections, there is one more open comment box that allows referees to talk about me if referees want, maximum 100 words.
The ten sections are Communication Skills, Team Work, Confidence, Self Awareness , Motivation/ Proactive mentality, Flexibility/ Openness, Selfless Contributions, Learning Ability, Ethics and Integrity, Leadership.

My problem is that I don't know how to approach this form.
[b]The form is too specific, and the number of words allowed is too short. [/b]

Should I write something like "the applicant could deliever speech well so I could understand her easily" for the comminication skill?
Or should I write specific examples?
I am concerned that if examples are too specific, it might be obvious that I am the one who write the recommendation letter.


Please, help me!!!!

Thank you for your answer in advance.


Provide specific examples, but only use examples that your boss should know about. You may want to refer to reviews. Try to more job your boss' memory than write the thing.

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