(Closed) Help me write a recommendation letter- For an employee I’ve never met

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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 # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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!

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