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What if a past supervisor is a terrible writer?

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What if a past supervisor is a terrible writer? [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2013, 14:27
I've had only a few supervisors in my post-collegiate work experience, and one is an extremely poor writer -- to the extent that a reading of a handful of memos might have you wondering about his grasp of basic English grammar and spelling (yes, he is a native English speaker). I mean, it's really awful stuff.

Regardless of what he might say about me as an employee and a person, I'm worried that his letter will come across as unprofessional and maybe cast a pall on my entire time at that company. But to omit his recommendation would leave a glaring hole in my application, since my employment at that company comprises a large chunk of my work history.

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Re: What if a past supervisor is a terrible writer? [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2013, 06:54
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[Edit - thought he was a current supervisor the first time I responded, apologies]

Hey there,

Given he's a past supervisor, you have some leniency on if you use him at all. If I had to guess, I'd say you're asking this because he thinks highly of you and you feel he would provide a strong content recommendation (barring execution). So if you do want to use him, it comes down to managing the process. For one, he needs to be explicitly prepped. This includes themes, experiences, tone, etc. Additionally, it may really help here to provide him with examples (if you have them available) of "great" recommendations to give him an idea of the level he's now playing at.

Look - I know you'd just as soon not have him write anything but if he has the capability to help your story, it will come down to how do you set him up for success. There are numerous ways to do it and you might have to use them all!

I hope that helps,

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