RE: Letter of Recommendation

Subject: RE: Letter of Recommendation
From: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 13:35:46 -0500

Susan Gallagher wrote: a hiring manager I place very little stock in letters of
recommendation. Usually, if someone asks for a letter of recommendation,
they're told to write it themselves and the manager will sign. If I want to
know what you think of yourself, I'll ask.

Secondly, when you're looking for a job, nobody asks for letters of
recommendation; they ask for references. Being able to actually talk to a
reference, ask them questions and hear the way that they answer, tells so
much more than a letter ever could. Even the pregnant pauses are

All of my letters of recommendation include contact information and a
statement that the hiring authority can content them for a personal
discussion of my abilities, etc. ...and yes, most of them I wrote myself,
but with the idea that the person signing it could edit it as they please.
I wrote them because, for the most part, the person signing the letter
didn't have time to do it themselves.

I also have professional references that I include if asked. Neither my
letters or references are introduced unless requested by the hiring
authority; although, my letters are included in my portfolio.

Al Geist
Technical Writing, Help, Marketing Collateral, Web Design and Award Winning
Voice/Msg: 802-658-3140
Cell: 802-578-3964
E-mail: mailto:al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com
URL: (Online portfolio and resume)
See also:
URL: (Fine art photographic prints for home or
office and beautiful note cards for all occasions.)


Create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to Help file formats or
printed documentation. Features include single source authoring, team authoring,
Web-based technology, and PDF output.

Now shipping: Help &amp; Manual 4 with RoboHelp(r) import! New editor,
full Unicode support. Create help files, web-based help and PDF in up
to 106 languages with Help &amp; Manual:

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- infoinfocus -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.


RE: Letter of Recommendation: From: Susan W. Gallagher

Previous by Author: RE: Video vs The Written Word
Next by Author: RE: Video vs The Written Word
Previous by Thread: RE: Letter of Recommendation
Next by Thread: RE: Letter of Recommendation

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads