RE: Letter of Recommendation

Subject: RE: Letter of Recommendation
From: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: "'John Posada'" <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 18:05:39 -0500

So...since we both have stacks of great cover letters written using a
variety of methods, I believe it's safe to say that the key factor is they
tell the truth no matter who or how they are created.


-----Original Message-----
From: John Posada [mailto:jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 5:33 PM
To: Al Geist; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Letter of Recommendation

> I agree, but not all managers are good writers, and, in my opinion, a
> poorly written cover letter, even if it comes from the heart, is worse
> than no letter at all. Not all of my former managers had me draft the

I don't agree. A letter of recomendation, just like a resume, is not a
writing test. It is what it is.

The best letter I have in my portfolio is from a manager who's first
language was Russian, a VERY intelligent guy (he's now a VP at Merrill
Lynch's "Center for Innovation and Creative Excellence") and the grammar
sounds like English is his second language, though not TOO bad. However, it
is the most impressive recommendation I've ever seen from anyone.

My second best is from a manager who was Lebonese and his first language was
French. Again, some odd phrasing, and I wouldn't change a word.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer

"I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you've never
actually known what the question is."


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