Comments referring to the person’s age, sex, disability, race, national origin, or religious beliefs
Colleges and businesses may not discriminate, but an innocent comment in a letter of recommendation that alludes to someone’s race, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion might trigger unconscious bias affecting a reviewer’s opinion. Rather than mention the mission of the organization where Jordan volunteered, highlight the work she did for the organization.
Although it is important to explain why you are qualified to write the recommendation, mention only your role in the candidate’s life and how long you have known the candidate; do not expound upon your own career path. Write only what will allow the reader to weigh what you say about the candidate.
Letters of recommendation have to be short, but you need to convey the qualities of the person you’re recommending. That’s why it’s important to remove unnecessary words. To ensure your writing is clear and concise, use an editing tool like WordRake, the editing software that suggests changes to documents written in Microsoft Word and emails written in Outlook. You can try WordRake for free on your letter of recommendation and any of your other writing free for 7-days.
About the Author
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