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Mulder
08-16-2004, 03:06 PM
I don't write recommendation letters much. Truthfully in my job I don't have a lot of student contact that lasts longer than 10 minutes at a time unless it is in a big group. A student asked me today to write them a letter. Good kid. Very upbeat. Always smiling. Very polite. Their grades, however are mediocre at best.
Any suggestions?

Deckard
08-16-2004, 03:08 PM
Recommendation for a job or is it academic related?

NJRocket
08-16-2004, 03:10 PM
write the letter....in a world that, in most cases, you succeed because of who you know (versus what you know), this kid obviously doesn't have the right connections to get where he/she needs to be....if its a good kid, help him/her out...its no skin off your back to write a letter is it?

pasox2
08-16-2004, 03:12 PM
You just wrote it. :).

Unfailingly punctual.
Often well dressed.
Kind to animals. ;)
Invariably equipped with a freshly sharpened pencil.
Perfect attendance.

Put that stuff in there and the reader will know what you're leaving out. :)

Mulder
08-16-2004, 03:13 PM
Originally posted by Deckard
Recommendation for a job or is it academic related?

It is so that they can catch a break the price of a private class. Kind of a price break scholarship.

Originally posted by NJRocket
write the letter....in a world that, in most cases, you succeed because of who you know (versus what you know), this kid obviously doesn't have the right connections to get where he/she needs to be....if its a good kid, help him/her out...its no skin off your back to write a letter is it?

Easy NJR, I agreed to write the letter. I just need some help with what to say.

Mulder
08-16-2004, 03:14 PM
Originally posted by pasox2
You just wrote it. :).

Unfailingly punctual.
Often well dressed.
Kind to animals. ;)
Invariably equipped with a freshly sharpened pencil.
Perfect attendance.

Put that stuff in there and the reader will know what you're leaving out. :)

Was that the definition of a pasodoble? :D

NJRocket
08-16-2004, 03:15 PM
Originally posted by Mulder


Easy NJR, I agreed to write the letter. I just need some help with what to say.

that's not what you said...regardless, i'm glad you wrote the letter...i really needed it ;)

Mulder
08-16-2004, 03:19 PM
Originally posted by NJRocket
that's not what you said...regardless, i'm glad you wrote the letter...i really needed it ;)

Stop it... I'm getting freaked out! :D

kgw
08-16-2004, 03:21 PM
Here's one I found out there. The key is to instruct the recipient to read only every other line (e.g. 1, 3, 5, 7).

Jane S., a chief sub editor and editor, can always be found
hard at work in her cubicle. Jane works independently, without
wasting company time talking to colleagues. She never
thinks twice about assisting fellow employees, and she always
finishes given assignments on time. Often Jane takes extended
measures to complete her work, sometimes skipping
coffee breaks. She is a dedicated individual who has absolutely no
vanity in spite of her high accomplishments and profound
knowledge in her field. I firmly believe that Jane can be
classed as a high-caliber employee, the type which cannot be
dispensed with. Consequently, I duly recommend that Jane be
promoted to executive management, and a proposal will be
sent away as soon as possible.

Mulder
08-16-2004, 03:24 PM
That's awesome.

mrpaige
08-16-2004, 05:05 PM
I write my own recommendation letters at this point and get the supposed sender to just print it out, sign it and mail it.

I found that if I waited for my professors, etc. to write them, they'd never get it done.

No Worries
08-16-2004, 05:18 PM
Write the letter concentrating on the positives. The readers of the letter will notice the omissions (like "Bob is a great student with the highest grades") and/or can gleam the grades from the transcript.

Woofer
08-16-2004, 05:54 PM
Originally posted by mrpaige
I write my own recommendation letters at this point and get the supposed sender to just print it out, sign it and mail it.

I found that if I waited for my professors, etc. to write them, they'd never get it done.
This is the only way anyone I've known has gotten their professors to sign letters of recommendation.