what should a employer say in a positive reference letter?

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babiea4
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what should a employer say in a positive reference letter?

Postby babiea4 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:15 pm

Helloooo,

My employer told me that I should tell her what to write for my recommendation letter. What should I ask her to include?

Thank you!

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Re: what should a employer say in a positive reference letter?

Postby St.Remy » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:23 pm

babiea4 wrote:Helloooo,

My employer told me that I should tell her what to write for my recommendation letter. What should I ask her to include?

Thank you!


You should be sure to tell her not to start the LOR with "Hellooooo"

babiea4
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Re: what should a employer say in a positive reference letter?

Postby babiea4 » Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:08 pm

Duly noted! But on a more serious note, any advice?

Thanks!

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Re: what should a employer say in a positive reference letter?

Postby bartleby » Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:35 pm

work ethic and how you stack up favorably compared to other employees...native intelligence...and that you are very social and a social adhesive in the work environment. not sure if that even makes sense but those are the things on my employer LOR. usually, they'll BS quite a bit for you if you were actually a good employee.

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Re: what should a employer say in a positive reference letter?

Postby im_blue » Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:58 am

hard working
works well with others
maturity
organization skills
critical thinking
oral and written communication skills

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Re: what should a employer say in a positive reference letter?

Postby PDaddy » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:07 am

You want the employer to address many of the same points an academic letter writer would address, but with the twist of being abserved in a work envirnonment.

Have them cite work ethic (f you balanced school and work, for example, a strong attendance record, strong sales record and awards - if applicable - would do it), creativity, team play, verbal skills, writing skills (if applicable), critical thinking abilities as demonstrated in problem-solving situations or at meetings, compassion for others, etc. Have the employer cite specific examples and make comparisons to other employees by rank (ex: "Of the 50 sales people I supervised in my region, so and so was my #1 associate").

Written properly, an employment LOR can be more illuminating than an academic letter, and, at some schools (read: Northwestern), may be given more weight.

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Re: what should a employer say in a positive reference letter?

Postby Shooter » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:46 am

PDaddy hit the nail on the head exactly. Do what he said.

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Re: what should a employer say in a positive reference letter?

Postby Fred_McGriff » Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:26 am

That you were always on time, you never left your costumes out on the stage, you really knew how to get the tips rolling in, and you always treated the customers in the VIP lounge like real VIPs (wink).

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Re: what should a employer say in a positive reference letter?

Postby babiea4 » Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:43 am

Shooter wrote:PDaddy hit the nail on the head exactly. Do what he said.

Thank you everyone for all the great tips!!




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