How to write successful letters of recommendation : 10 easy steps for reference letters that your employees, colleagues, students & friends will appreciate ; with companion CD-ROM /

Letters of recommendation are a part of every standard school or job application. As an employer, professor, colleague, peer, or friend, chances are that at one point or another, you will be asked to put a person on paper -- and every word counts. Outlined in ten easy steps, How to Write Successful...

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Main Author: Sarmiento, Kimberly, 1975-
Format: eBook
Published: Ocala, FL : Atlantic Publishing Group, [2014]
Online Access:Available via EBSCO eBook Collection
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Table of Contents:
  • Introuction. A 10-step summary ; Book organization
  • Letters of recommendation overview. Letter of recommendation defined
  • When (and how) to say no
  • What to know before you write a letter. Letter rules and/or guidelines
  • Writing a strong letter part one : structure, format, & grammar. Letter components ; Formatting elements ; Mailed letters vs. emailed letters ; Paragraphs vs. bullets ; Writing guidelines ; Spell it out and avoid company jargon ; Common gramatical/word use mistakes to avoid
  • Writing a strong letter part two : content strategy. Identify the purpose of the letter ; Introduce yourself ; Explain your qualifications ; Remember the value of honesty ; Include achievements & results ; Answering questions the reader wants to know ; Provide a means of follow up
  • The professional letter of recommendation, part 1. Content that matters ; Experience matters ; Avoid templates
  • The professional letter of recommendation, part 2. The business relationship ; The job opening
  • The academic letter of recommendation. Undergraduate programs ; Graduate schools ; Scholarships/fellowships ; Internships
  • Writing a letter of recommendation for a friend
  • Networking/introduction letter. Professional networking sites ; Introductory emails
  • Performance evaluations. Three-level systems ; Five-level systems
  • What to leave out of a letter of recommendation
  • Sample professional letters of recommendation
  • Sample academic letters of recommendation
  • Quick guides for letter writing. Synonyms list ; Character traits to focus on ; Action words
  • Conclusion.