Post # 1
My boss asked me to write a letter of recommendation for an employee that has worked for us for less than 6 months and I’ve never even met him!
Edit- Just looked up the payroll and he has only worked here 3 months!
Post # 3
Could you decline, stating that you don’t even know the guy? Or say something like “i don’t think I’d be able to write a good letter, I’ve never met so-and-so”
Or rather, ask your boss how you could go about getting some info on him? I’ve had a few advisors write letters of recommendation for me (but they knew me!) and they’ve always asked me to send them my resume.
Post # 4
Ugh. I have had to do this. I’m assuming that your boss passed it on to you and that you can’t say no at this point.
Ask the person for their resume and bio. If possible, call their referrals to ask about them. This gives you a pretty good idea of their strengths. If they know you’re writing the rec, they should get you the info you need pretty quickly.
I used several rec templates and tweaked. I have on my computer I wrote recently, though it’s more for a hospital setting. I’d be happy to send it to you!
Post # 5
I cant decline 🙁 I have a feeling when i quit i’ll even be writing my own and him signing it HAHA!
My blonde moment for the day!- I didnt even think to ask my boss for some info on the kid! Thanks ejs4y8!
dpillai– u’ve got it! i get all the stuff my boss doesnt want to do. He works in our wood yard not sure the one you did would help. But I did find some templates online… I just have no idea the answers for this kid.
Post # 6
Yeah i was thinking maybe she THOUGHT you knew him, but then would say “oh have so-and-so do it” when you said you didn’t know him. Definitely get a resume at least, maybe find out how he’s done on some projects (does he have a direct manager? maybe he is hardworking, maybe something else that is actually true?) but otherwise, keep it very generic. If you find out what the letter of recommendation is for (work vs school, they’re very different!) you could tailor it a little that way. But i wouldn’t go to bat excessively for the guy if you don’t know him. Keep it simlpe!
Post # 7
He works in our woodyard which is down the road from my office. All he does is split wood. He is still a kid (in high school) I only know because he cant work more then 20 hours a week.