Post # 1
I’m writing a recommendation letter today for a friend (technically I’m one of her supervisors at our second jobs, and I’m also an alum of the program she’s applying to, so I’m a pretty good choice). I’ve never written a recommendation letter before. Can any of you who have experience – or, better yet, who work in HR and read these things and make hiring decisions for a living – give me any tips? I want to make sure I write her the best letter possible because I know she REALLY wants into this program.
Post # 3
Here is one someone wrote for me:
I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing and working with Peach Acid professionally as her Literacy Mentor during the second semester of the 2006-2007 school year at the Wahoo We Love Learning School. Through her graduate work at The University of Pennsylvania, I have come to admire Peach’s personal style and determination.
Through her Reading Specialist Graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, I experienced Peach’s growth as a teacher and student first hand. I believe Peach to be a successful teacher, one who has the ability to be a dedicated student herself. Peach took her school work very seriously, taking what she learned in her Masters classes and applying it directly to her classroom lessons. Her real world applications and hands on experience make her a desirable candidate to any school district.
Peach was always willing to go the extra mile, and willing to take the initiative to create new learning experiences for her students. In addition, she was able to develop a strong relationship with the faculty and other staff members at the school. She worked closely with me as well as the other two fourth grade teachers at the school.
One example of how well Peach fit into our school environment was when she single handedly undertook a group of fourth grade students and taught them how to research the life of the school’s namesake, Lala LALA Lala LALA. She then spring boarded into a unit on how to write and produce a play about Lala. Finally, the children performed their play for the rest of the school. The process was a rewarding learning experience for the students involved.
I highly recommend Peach Acid to your school district. Her leadership skills and initiative, as well as her interpersonal skills and flexibility, would benefit your school district greatly. I can be reached at the number listed above should I be of further assistance in your interview process.
Post # 4
Not in HR, but I’ve had several letters written for me in the past. Since you’ve been in the program, I’m sure you know the attributes that are most valued for that position. Pick 2-3 of those and describe how she has shown them. Detailed examples of how she’s showed those attributes are much more valuable than a more general letter that says she’s great.