Agency Responses to our
Confidential Letters of Reference Article/Blog
recent Newsletter/Blog focused
on the issue of confidential letters of reference and the potential
they have to destroy teachers' careers, with no accountability
for admin endorsing their own agenda. Recruitment Coordinator,
Melinda Williams, responded to an ISR member's inquiry concerning
Search Associates' position on the topic.
Dear (Name Withheld),
Thank you very much for your comments about the requirement for
confidential references – we appreciate this thoughtful feedback.
carefully considered the points you make,
along with the wide variety of other comments
made on this subject in the recent International
Schools Review survey. We were already
well aware of the arguments for and against
confidential references. Our individual
Associates also understand that occasionally
the content of a confidential reference
is out of sync with those from other referees.
When a positive pattern is broken, we investigate
further and in some cases the reference
in question has been removed.
However, after a thorough
review of the whole issue and how we deal
with the few exceptions, our executive
management committee continues to believe
that the advantages, to both candidate
and recruiter, of continuing the practice
of requiring confidential references heavily
outweigh any possible disadvantages. Should
this ever change in the future, we will
definitely reconsider our decision.
Recruitment Coordinator - Executive Manager
you personally wish to contact a specific recruiting
agency concerning confidential letters of
reference, here is a sample letter you can copy, paste
and alter as desired.
I recently participated in the International
Schools Review Survey concerning confidential letters of reference.
of participants favored doing away with confidential letters
of reference. You can view the Survey results and attached
Blog by clicking this link: http://wp.me/pwCGl-Js
I feel the practice of confidential letters reference pose
a very real concern to international educators as careers have
been destroyed by unethical directors with their own agendas.
Such instance are outlined on the ISR blog I have referenced
Certainly, back-stabbing letters of reference take place in
a small minority of situations, but one such victim is one-too-many.
I encourage you to examine the practice of confidential references
and take steps to end it.
I look forward to hearing from you and learning your opinion
on this topic and what steps you can take to end the archaic
practice of secretive confidential letters of reference.
on the issue of confidential letters of r
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letter in body of an email, modify as desired & send.
eference and the potential's
position on the topic. Click to read response. zv