Self-Promotion 101 for the Self-conscious
November 5, 2009 6:57 PM Subscribe
You: Would you be willing to write me a letter of recommendation/professional reference letter?
Boss: Sure! Hell, you write it, I'll sign it.
What. Job reference letters are like this:
Prunella did an excellent job in this position and was an asset to our organization during her tenure with the office. She has excellent written and verbal communication skills, is extremely organized, can work independently and is able to follow through to ensure that the job gets done... blah blah blah Prunella is so awesome blah.
- Am I really supposed to write something like this about myself? It seems like the highest praise I'd be able to give myself without feeling like an asshole would still be way more measured than I would hope my rec letter would be!
- Or maybe does the fact that the guy wants me to write it mean he's actually lukewarm about being a reference for me? (I don't think this is true...)
- Is there any polite professional way to say NO U to this?
proud of the job I've done, I do
think that I've brought something valuable to the company, AND I've got "Writer" in my job title for fuck's sake -- but I am just paralyzed by this. Have you ever written your own rec letter? How? WTF did you write?