Posted in Recommendation Letters I want to address the one reference letter question that terrifies almost all applicants and some references too: That said, I do have some advice for you that you can pass on to your references if they desire some direction on how to approach this question.
One of the more awkward aspects of writing a recommendation letter for a coworker is what to do about a coworker with work deficiencies. How to handle this depends on a couple of things: If you're a personal friend of the colleague, or even if you're not but the work relationship is relatively strong or has gone on for some time, it's likely that the coworker — call her X — expects you to "have her back.
There's no one best way of handling this — partly it depends on the nature and severity of the deficiency and partly it depends on how important this friendship is to you.
If it's a personal relationship you value highly but X's performance isn't good at all, honesty is the best available policy. You might say, " X, I really value your friendship, but I don't think I'm the best person to write you a recommendation letter.
I will, if you still want me to, and while I'll certainly stress your strong points, I'd also have to and here you describe the performance problem. If the price of keeping it is costing you your integrity — writing a letter you know to be false — then it probably can't be helped unless you can simply beg off as further noted in the following section, this will probably be interpreted as a performance criticism anyway.
Colleagues With Bad Performance Records The situation is simpler if the person asking for the letter of recommendation isn't a good worker and isn't a close friend.
You can simply tell them you can't give them a letter of recommendation, explaining tactfully but honestly why you can't. In this situation, the shorter the explanation, the better. Drawing it out won't make things better.
An alternative is simply begging off with one of a number of reasonable excuses that still make the problem clear. If they ask why, tell them as tactfully as you can and keep it short. Or just say you can't because you're "really busy right now" or it's not something you're "good at. In some corporate environments, the policy is either never to write an evaluative letter for anyone or, with problematic employees, to write a letter that simply states the employee's name, job position, start date and end date, if applicable.
Colleagues Who Do Some Things Well and Others Not A letter of recommendation for a colleague whose performance varies from quite good to not very good can emphasize the employee's strengths.
Going on at length doesn't do anything positive and, again, could expose you or your company to a damage suit.
Know, as well, that HR evaluators get very good at decoding these letters. Even the briefest mention of any deficiency can signal "Don't hire this guy," so in all cases go easy or simply omit an evaluation of the area where your colleague is deficient.
Tip This is partly a tip and partly a warning: Before writing a letter of recommendation for a colleague, and especially if you believe it would be necessary to point out "improvement areas," check your company's recommendation policies first, either with your supervisor or with HR.
Some companies want all letters kept to name, position and dates of employment, even for good workers. If so, in order to make sure that such a letter not be misunderstood, state at the beginning of the letter, "Our company has a policy of limiting responses to all evaluation letters regarding our employees to the facts stated below.
We don't provide performance evaluations under any circumstance. Thank you for your understanding. Professors' Best Kept Secrets.
I also have a Ph.The psychoanalysis theory also has some strengths side of it. We have to thank for the Freud Psychoanalysis theory because it act as a reference for other theorists. A good theory should be argued and it helps to develop ideas and lead to new theories as well as applicable to other field (Kristen, Northwestern University).
Character Weaknesses. References should stay away from mentioning any weaknesses of character, such as stubbornness or inability to work well as part of a group. These characteristics, while weaknesses, will not help the applicant's case any and likely will stand out more in a reference letter than any positive qualities will.
Jan 18, · What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of psychoanalytic theory? 2. What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of trait theory?
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A good theory should be argued and it helps to develop ideas and lead to new theories as well as applicable to other field (Kristen, Northwestern University). Examples of personal strengths are learning agility, excellent communication skills and self-motivation, according to Job Interview & Career Guide.
Strengths include being a determined team player and a natural leader and being success-oriented, focused, hardworking, intelligent and having self-confidence.
Despite the weaknesses of psychoanalysis, I believe that the many strengths of the theory are extremely significant. Therefore, I maintain that psychoanalysis is a theory that should not be disregarded.