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September 11, 2006

Workplace Issue- Getting a Letter of Recommendation

Hello Readers,

At some point in time, you may want to change jobs. When you do, you'll probably need a letter of recommendation for your next employer. If you had to do this now, would you know who to ask? Would you know what to write? Have you kept track of what you've accomplished? These are just some of the questions...

...you might want to think about now.

Generally speaking, you'll usually be asked to show three letters of recommendation for a new job. Asking your manager is a good idea, but you can also ask academic advisers, professors, vendors, or customers. If your boss doesn't speak English well, you may want to write a sample draft for him/her to look through, change, and sign.

The following points should be included in a letter of recommendation:

First parargraph: how the person knows you, in what capacity, and for how long, as well as what your duties were in your position and what accomplishments you've made.

Second paragraph: a detailed description of your abilities, your strengths and weaknesses, and what it's like to interact with you.

Third paragraph: a broad generalization of your demeanor, and to what degree the person would recommend you: without reservation, strongly, with some reservation, or not at all.

When it comes to working in the ESL field, it's important to realize that both employers and employees tend to move around quite a bit. What that means for you is that getting this letter may be the only way of proving that you actually worked somewhere.

For more information about writing letters of recommendation, go here.
Good luck!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

*Looking for more articles that focus on workplace issues specific to ESL? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, has lived and worked in China since 1998. During that time, she has worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She’s worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she’s also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing as well as working as an ESL instructor for the Australian International School of Beijing. Carol is also enrolled in Oxford Brookes' MA TESL program in Oxford, England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at September 11, 2006 04:45 AM

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