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British recommendation letters this week. European tenure letters were the bane of my existence. Indeed here is the first comment on FB: Britta Hoyer the German style: So today I share my post on how to write a recommendation letter, American style.
May it produce the hoped-for results.
A few of these folks have been letter-writers, but most of them are the sorry subjects of letters that they they were horrified to have had the chance to see.
Others have been asked to write their own recommendation letters by irresponsible and lazy recommenders. I disapprove of this practice completely. They are taken very, very seriously, and pored over, and deconstructed, and discussed. And sometimes, acknowledged as works of writing in their own right as when I once overheard one tenured colleague say to another: I will first lay out a paragraph structure.
This is just a suggestion. Obviously this kind of writing will be completely personalized.
An opening that indicates a general but not excessive warmth. A second paragraph continuing from above about the status of the main writing project.
Pace of work and productivity are valuable here. Evidence of the wider success of the candidate in the profession—the grant support, awards, and of course publications associated with the primary research.
Conference activity can be mentioned here. A brief indication of next steps in research and publishing, so that search committees feel reassured that the candidate has a long-range plan. Discipline-specific attributes, such as experience in country of research, language fluency, technical skills, or other such things.
For example, because I sometimes visited my Ph. Description of teaching abilities. This will be specific, mentioning course names, and methods used by the candidate, and departmental observations, evaluations, or feedback, to the extent the writer has this information available.
Ideally the writer will have personally witnessed teaching by the candidate. Awards given for teaching should be mentioned. One of my Ph. One of the fears of search committees is that a candidate will be tiresomely focused on their research, and will be unable to assist in the running of the department.
The letter can assuage those fears. This must be non-emotional and strictly non-gendered.
Attributes to emphasize include resourcefulness, responsibility, good humor, organization, energy, etc. For women candidates it is essential to avoid anything that depicts them as any of the following: It will be at least two solid single spaced pages long.
It will be on letterhead 3. It will not gush or wax emotional 4. It will stay strictly at the level of evidence and substance 5. It will not rely on cheap and empty adjectives such incredible, remarkable, extraordinary, amazing, etc.
It will emphasize depictions of the candidate as a professional scholar, NOT a graduate student. It will provide specific information or examples about research, argument, methods, teaching, or service—not vague generalities.
The exception to this is as noted in the comment stream: It will be unfailingly although not gushingly positive.3. Send a thank you note. Writing letters of recommendation is a favor. Sending a thank you note to your recommenders two weeks before the deadline is polite and respectful.
An effective reference letter could mean the difference between a candidate's acceptance or rejection. You may be a person requesting a reference letter, or you may be a person writing a reference letter. The query letter has one purpose, and one purpose only: to seduce the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work.
The query letter is so much of a sales piece that you should be able to write it without having written a single word of the manuscript.
By TPII editor extraordinaire, Verena Hutter ~This is a continuation of our series on the Academic Cover Letter.~ After you’ve outlined your publications and . Sep 06, · Edit Article How to Write a Letter of Interest for a Promotion. In this Article: Article Summary Writing the Beginning Crafting the Body Closing the Letter Sending It at the Right Time Community Q&A Once you've worked for several months or years in an organization, you may feel ready to take on a higher position.
Here are some of the tips I shared with her on how to write the letter of recommendation in the third person: First off, if someone asks you to do this, make sure they are willing to read the letter for accuracy and authenticity. It is critical that your letter be credible and truly reflects the recommender's point of view.