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Unformatted text preview: supports all statements and judgments with evidence. Before you dash off any recommendation letter, even for someone you know closely and respect without reservation, keep in mind that every time you write a recommendation, you’re putting your own reputation on the line. If the person’s shortcomings are so pronounced that you don’t think he or she is a good fit for the job, the only choice is to not write the letter at all. Unless your relationship with the person warrants an explanation, simply suggest that someone else might be in a better position to provide a recommendation. Creating Informative Messages All companies send routine informative messages such as reminder notices and policy statements. For instance, you may need to inform employees of organizational changes or tell PN 230 C/M/Y/K DESIGN SERVICES OF M09_BOVE5352_09_SE_C08.QXD 5/17/07 12:59 PM Page 231 C HAPTER 8 Writing Routine and Positive Messages 231 FIGURE 8.8 Effective Recommendation Letter This letter clearly states the nature of the writer’s relationship to the candidate and provides specific examples to su...
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