No more recommendation letters, please

Keeps being relevant…

The Waterthrush Blog

Has this happened to you?

You find a job announcement for a position that could be a great fit for you, but it’s due tomorrow! To apply, send CV (okay), a cover letter (yeah!), and three letters of recommendation from people who coul — (ugh, forget it! There’s no way I’m going to bug my references to drop everything and send letters on my behalf.) Result: You never even apply for what might have been a fantastic job.

I can’t tell you how many jobs I never applied for just to save my referees the annoyance of having to send letters on my behalf.

Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 1.08.09 PM.pngA Letter of Recommendation, Atonio Rotta (1872)

How about the flipside? Of course I am asked to write a lot of these letters, too – I’d say it averages about 30 each year (I did 55 recently). Now if most of those are…

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