How to craft recommendation letters that honour candidates, recognize writing demands: Opinion


In a recent article for Inside Higher Ed, Karla Erickson (Grinnell College) discusses strategies for writing recommendation letters in a way that honours those the candidates and minimizes the writer’s feelings of exhaustion. Erickson recommends asking the candidate for their CV or other records for material and using a similar past candidate’s recommendation letter as a template to build from. The author notes that letters can be used as an opportunity to write a “great story” that illustrates how the individual stands out from the crowd. Finally, Erickson encourages writers to share their letters with candidates to encourage them in their journeys.

Inside Higher Ed (Acct Req)