I read a lot of reference letters, they almost all look like Jimbo's, best ignored really.
I prefer to call or email the referee directly.
Not sure how many employers in Thailand bother to do that though.
Well, it really was a 1:1 gig...only four teachers. A: I understand what you mean, but that letter is meant to be from my director. B: I was.
But no, if it were part of a cover letter, I'd have written something like:
"I generated alot of returning students and my retention rate remained about 75% throughout my contract..."
The applicant collects them and/or writes them and submits them. The job barely looks at them but ticks them off a mental list. This is the world we live in....
Last edited by jimbo; 30th May 2009 at 19:26. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
In this case, I'm not sure the word "evoke" applies.
That fits speeches, literature and advertising quite well.
I would think maybe, "standard," or "scripted," works better for a reference letter.
^^Cluezo you read my mind. I was about to write that exact post.
Think about who you are writing to, then tailor the letter to fit that person/situation.
I still say dazzle them with your resume' and cover letter. A 'form letter' is all that is needed for references as most barely skim them anyways.
Happens all the time, mate. especially when your boss is not a native speaker.
Check out these sites. You might find what you need.
Sample Reference Letters, Recommendation Letters and Character References
Sample Letters of Recommendation
Reference Letter Template
Thanks for all the replies. By the way, I also tend to agree with Jimbo - "evoke" probably isn't necessary in a reference letter. I'm not writing a speech, after all.