The Crosby Show wrote:I have mixed feelings and I do not know whether I should send a letter saying he is worth hiring or a letter saying he is a useless pile of garbage. Keep in the mind, the Bulldog is gone; having left last year, so there is really nothing stopping me from blasting this kid except my own conscience. Please vote. I promise I will send whatever letter the group agrees to.
The kid put you in an awkward situation to begin with; he should have given you a chance to say yes or no to the recommendation in the first place. Then you should've told him no can do. At the end of the day, if you wouldn't recommend this guy for a job, you shouldn't write him a recommendation letter of any kind. To thine own self be true.
But if you're over a barrel and have to write one letter or another, I suggest you write real form-type letter giving name, rank, serial number, start date, end date, etc. The person getting the letter will get the hint, and if he or she doesn't, he or she can always contact you directly for the true gen, and then you can say "I wouldn't hire this cat again."