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FXF

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Re: How to write a US recommendation letter
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2016, 12:01:51 AM »
These things tend to be pretty casual; I have had them written for myself and have written a few for my staff.  It can feel strange to talk about yourself so highly but that is exactly what you need to do- don't try to be modest or downplay accomplishments!  What field are you applying into?  If you'd like to post it I will look it over and I'm sure others on here will as well.  It's much easier to critique a draft than offer general suggestions.  Good luck!

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Re: How to write a US recommendation letter
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2016, 04:32:22 AM »
Write in a few highlights of your performance: saved the project 90 hours of work with 4 hours or similar. Generalities will be " read between the lines" as a lack of accomplishments.

(Edit: Fixed a typo that MDM pointed out might be confusing.)
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Re: How to write a US recommendation letter
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2016, 11:57:53 PM »
The audience is future employers.

In that case, be careful not to include confidential information from your current employer (lest any future employer worry about you doing the same), but do take previous advice about including notable, specific, examples of things you have done that indicate you can perform well at a level higher than your current one.

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Re: How to write a US recommendation letter
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2016, 09:01:11 PM »
That looks great!  I am a hiring manager in a very different field but I would absolutely want to take an interview with that guy! Probably just personal taste, but I would change the sentence "His contributions made simulation projects at BMW and Jaguar Land Rover - to name
but a few - a great success" to "His contributions added greatly to making simulation projects at BMW, Jaguar Land Rover (and others) a great success."  I hope you can get feedback from someone is a more related field.
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Re: How to write a US recommendation letter
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2016, 05:41:18 AM »
I would change the sentence "he singlehandedly..."  No manager believes that any employee has singlehandedly done anything, so this is a dead give-away that you wrote this yourself. They would prob say something more like you "were instrumental in".

I think your specifics are focused on the wrong things. Don't use customer names in the letter, instead, just call it the luxury automotive industry.  Concentrate your  specifics on WHAT you did that was a great success, rather than who it was done for..  maybe the simulation resulted in a unique or elegant design that was cost effective? 

how about some phrases like: 
ablility to translate business needs into technical solutions was the key element in his selection for promotion to....