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Your overall evaluation of the candidate’s suitability for the opportunity As surprising as this might sound, the most difficult recommendation letters to
write are often those for truly outstanding candidates. Your audience will have trouble
believing uninterrupted praise for someone’s talents and accomplishments. To enhance
your credibility—and the candidate’s—illustrate your general points with specific examples that point out the candidate’s abilities and fitness for the job opening.
Most candidates aren’t perfect, however, and you’ll need to decide how to handle
each situation that comes your way. Omitting a reference to someone’s shortcomings
may be tempting, especially if the shortcomings are irrelevant to the demands of the job
in question. Even so, you have an obligation to refer to any serious shortcoming that 46053 C PHNJ B&E A B PN 229 C/M/Y/K Handling routine communication in a
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