Letters of Recommendation
Out-of-Date... What to do?
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Problem: 

A person is asking about his letters of recommendation.  He is currently using letters from professors that are over three years old.  The applications he is sending in require 3 letters of recommendation.  He has had only short-term teaching positions and his former employers are hesitant to write him a letter because he only worked there for such a short amount of time.

Answer: 

I wouldn't panic... you have some solutions here...

1. Ask some colleagues that you've worked with. Have you
befriended anyone at these short-term teaching experiences
that might write you a letter of recommendation? Yes, I
realize that these letters are not as good as an
administrator letter, but in most cases it should be able to
do just fine.

2. Are the letters from professors dated? If a letter of
recomendation is not dated, it won't stand out as an old
letter when it is reviewed by a potential employer. (Is
dabbing a little white-out over the date and re-xeroxing the
letter unethical-- nevermind I suppose it is.)

3. How about your cooperating teachers? Did they write you
letters after you finished your student teaching? If so,
stick those in.

4. What is your most RECENT job? These will be the people
most likely to remember your work. Can they write a letter
for you?

5. You said you asked 3 former employers to write letters.
The problem is, sometmes people are asked to write letters
and they never get around to it. If they agreed to write a
letter, but they don't come through within a couple of
weeks, it would be okay to politely remind them of your
request. Some people need a nudge.

Hope this helps. Best of luck.

                     - Fireboat

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