Letters of Recommendation

  1. Hello,

    I am applying to a nursing program in Seattle to begin fall 2007. One of the people I asked to write me a letter of rec. filled out the qunatative part ( i.e. rank this applicant on a scale of 1-5 in several categories) but asked me to write the qualatative part. I am excited because I have a chance to write a really good letter for myself but don't know what to say without sounding too obvious or anything. Any tips?

    Thanks,

    Jessica
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  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   Jules A
    Quote from jellocorp
    I am excited because I have a chance to write a really good letter for myself but don't know what to say without sounding too obvious or anything. Any tips?
    Jessica as tempting as it sounds I would ask them to write something even if its just a short blurb that you discuss and come up with together. I would not be comfortable writing it myself because imo its unethical and could come back to bite you in the butt. Good luck, Jules
  4. by   live4rachael
    At work, the way our yearly performance reports are done, you list multiple "bullet statements" highlighting the accomplishments over the year. Although I have heard of it happening to where the individual "writes" it, that is taboo. What is suggested by many is to have the subordinate offer up information that can be included, which is what I would also suggest to you.

    I agree with the other poster in that writing it yourself seems unethical and may get you into trouble. The person writing the letter for you may very well feel uncomfortable coming up with the "right" things to say and may need some "meat" from you.

    You selected this individual to write the recommendation, which is a compliment to the individual. But if it's their signature, they should be the one writing it.

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