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Recommendation letter - current employer poor writer [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 02:54
Dear Accepted,

I have now nailed all my essays. Big Q - what to do with my current employer letter of recommendation.

My current boss thinks highly of me and is enthusiastic to help me get in. Problem - he is a very poor writer. He is German, and English does not come easy in writing, he misses out basic stuff, cannot connect sentences, the reaons why I do almost all his drafting in the office.

My previous employer is Australian, writes beautiefully and we kept close contact since I left. However, he will only be able to describe me 3 years ago.

What to do?
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Re: Recommendation letter - current employer poor writer [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 03:32
I wouldn't draft his essays for him, perhaps instead, offer to pay for an English translator to sit down with him and transcribe his responses to the questions? Or maybe he has a friend or colleague who could help.
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Re: Recommendation letter - current employer poor writer [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 10:34
Thank you. To be more clear, drafting it for my boss was not really an option, but rather I was contemplating changing the recommender for the less recent but more apt one on paper.
Translator option could be a bit too of a burden, our city is one, where German-English translators charge excessively.
Will have to re-think this again. Many thanks for your input.
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Re: Recommendation letter - current employer poor writer [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2011, 11:24
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Dear Accepted,

I have now nailed all my essays. Big Q - what to do with my current employer letter of recommendation.

My current boss thinks highly of me and is enthusiastic to help me get in. Problem - he is a very poor writer. He is German, and English does not come easy in writing, he misses out basic stuff, cannot connect sentences, the reaons why I do almost all his drafting in the office.

My previous employer is Australian, writes beautiefully and we kept close contact since I left. However, he will only be able to describe me 3 years ago.

What to do?

You have a few choices. You could have him write the letter and send it to a local editor just to fix up the writing. You could have a different senior staff member with better English write about your work. Or you could go with a different letter, but if it doesn't share details of high-level impact, then that letter will not carry great weight. My vote is on the local editor.
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