Earning Strong Letters of Recommendation. R. Eric Landrum Department of Psychology Boise State University Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Phoenix, AZ April 14-16, 2005. Psychology Degrees Conferred in the United States, 2000-2001. Doctoral: 4,659 Men: 1,475 Women: 3,184 (68.3%)
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R. Eric Landrum
Department of Psychology
Boise State University
Rocky Mountain Psychological Association
April 14-16, 2005
Ability to work with others as part of a work team
Getting along with others
Desire and ability to learn
Willingness to learn new, important skills
Focus on customers/clients
Interpersonal relationship skills
Adaptability to changing situations
Ability to suggest solutions to problem
Problem solving skills
Ethical decision making
Ability to see the big picture
Being able to identify problems
Working smarter to improve productivity
Timely decision making
PersonalityWhat Employers Want: Top 20 Qualities, Skills, and Abilities
Research ability, experience, or potential
Teaching potential or experience
Verbal skills, public speaking ability
Writing skills, level of writing proficiency
Industriousness, motivation, perseverance, energy level, drive
Creativity, originality, imagination
Leadership skills, level of respect accorded by others
Sociability, social skills, ability to get along with peers
Emotional stability, level of emotional adjustment
Judgment, ability to make sound decisions, ability to reason
Ability to work independently
Knowledge of the field
General knowledge base
Desire to achieve, seriousness of purpose, initiative
Social awareness, level of concern for others
Physical grooming, personal appearance
Character, honesty, integrity, ethical and moral standards
Ability to work with others, teamwork potential, cooperativeness
Dependability, level of responsibility
Potential as a teacher
Potential as a practitionerPossible Characteristics To Describe in Letters of Recommendation
Display appropriate interpersonal skills.
Listen carefully and accurately.
Show initiative and persistence.
Exhibit effective time management.
Hold high ethical standards and expect the same of others.
Handle conflict successfully.
Speak articulately and persuasively.
Work productively as a member of a team.
Plan and carry out projects successfully.
Think logically and creatively.
Remain open-minded during controversies.
Identify and actualize personal potential.
Write clearly and precisely.
Adapt to organizational rules and procedures.
Comprehend and retain key points from written materials.
Gather and organize information from multiple sources.Strategies to Secure Strong Letters of Recommendation