Recommending Someone for an Award

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** Recommending too early can hurt someone's chances
** Recommending too early can hurt someone's chances
*** Creates a mindset of "not appropriate"
*** Creates a mindset of "not appropriate"
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** If they have a Peer, usually best to check with them first
** Lead time
** Lead time
*** Typical awards (such as AoAs): at least 6-8 weeks
*** Typical awards (such as AoAs): at least 6-8 weeks
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*** Peerages: PLQs
*** Peerages: PLQs
** Don't necessarily include a huge resume. Do summarize.
** Don't necessarily include a huge resume. Do summarize.
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*** Typically a couple of paragraphs for AoA, up to a page for a Peerage
*** More than a page, and their eyes will glaze over
*** More than a page, and their eyes will glaze over
*** Focus particularly on stuff that is relevant to the award in question, if relevant
*** Focus particularly on stuff that is relevant to the award in question, if relevant

Revision as of 23:43, 1 December 2009

(NOTE: this page is intended to become a full discussion of how to make a good recommendation, to be linked from the main EK website. Justin and Caitlin are organizing it; please speak with them before changing anything. Initially, we are brainstorming the outline, before we begin wordsmithing.)

  • Summary first
    • Clear, brief, unthreatening -- make sure the length of the rest isn't too intimidating
    • Below is the full details
  • Deciding to make a recommendation
    • Anyone can recommend anybody for anything
      • Don't have to be a member of the Order
    • Know what you're recommending them for
      • If you're not a member, good idea to talk to someone who is
      • Link here to info about Awards (Jessa's page, Law)
    • Recommending too early can hurt someone's chances
      • Creates a mindset of "not appropriate"
    • If they have a Peer, usually best to check with them first
    • Lead time
      • Typical awards (such as AoAs): at least 6-8 weeks
      • Polling orders: minimum several months
  • How to write a good recommendation letter
    • Who to write to -- Crowns, esp Prince and Princess
    • What goes into the letter
      • SCA and mundane names
      • SCA and mundane locations
      • What you're recommending them for
      • Reasons why you think they are appropriate
      • Peerages: PLQs
    • Don't necessarily include a huge resume. Do summarize.
      • Typically a couple of paragraphs for AoA, up to a page for a Peerage
      • More than a page, and their eyes will glaze over
      • Focus particularly on stuff that is relevant to the award in question, if relevant
    • Target audience
      • May be sent to Order, so don't assume only Crown will read it!
  • What happens next
    • Awards: up to Crown
    • Polling orders: sent to them, often unedited
    • If they get it, you may wind up needing to help set it up
    • If it *doesn't* happen, don't harp
      • If polling order, see if member can give broad strokes about where they could use improvement (don't ask for details!)
      • Even worse than recommending too early, can ingrain the notion that this candidate isn't suitable
      • Usually best to encourage candidate in the appropriate direction, and wait a year or so before trying again.
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