Friends request

I just had a friends request on Facebook from someone who rejoices in the name of Anastasia Micklethwaite. That is such a glorious name that I am tempted to friend her back, even though I don’t know her at all.

I fear that she has mistaken me for this bloke who was in my year in my college in Cambridge but Spells his name Wrong.

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  1. As someone who is from time to time asked to write references for students, past students, and colleagues this is my take. If you want me to write a reference you should get in touch with me first and ask if I am willing/able to write you a reference. If I am away when your prospective employer contacts me that will do you no good. If I really can’t think of anything much positive to say about you I will suggest that you ask someone else.

    If you put me down as a referee without checking with me you are going for a lucky dip. I may or may not be around when they take up references. I may not feel I can say much, if anything about you (or even remember who you are).

    From what you have said to me in the past you are dealing with a highly competitive and very bright group of people looking for these internships. I would be singularly unimpressed with people who had not got their referees in a row and properly briefed, or if you were giving me email addresses for them of the form enquiries@foo.bar. I’d look at other candidates or reopen nominations.

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