The time it takes to write recommendation letters usually increases dramatically with the years spent teaching in a University. This is not a responsibility that should be ditched: many former students – especially those applying for academic positions – deserve glowing recommendations which should be hand-crafted and long. Even in this business Mac automation tools such as TextExpander can take care of the routine and let you focus on creative and important parts.
I almost always conclude my letter with a standard phrase which looks as follows:Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions about Anton‘s competencies or Lund University. Thank you for your attention in this matter and I wish you to select the best recipients of your scholarship. Sincerely, Aleh Cherp
The words highlighted in blue may change from one letter to the other and the bold text is sometimes omitted altogether. I use the following TextExpander snipped to generate this standard ending:
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions about %filltext:name=person%%fillpopup:name=competencies: 's studies:'s competencies:default='s studies and competencies: %%fillpart:default=yes% or %filltext:name=my program%%fillpartend%. %fillpart:default=yes%Thank you for your attention in this matter and I wish you to select the best %fillpopup:participants for: recipients of:students for% your %fillpopup:name=program:program: default=scholarship%.%fillpartend% Sincerely, Aleh Cherp
When I type the abbreviation for the snippet I can fill in a TextExpander form which looks as follows
So far TextExpander saved me almost exactly 400,000 characters or over 20 hours of typing. Not all of this on recommendation letters, of course.