Blogger Damn Good Technician, in referencing a recent episode of Mad Men in which a departing secretary is instructed by her boss to write her own recommendation letter, discusses the implications of a PI asking trainees to write their own letters of rec. Sure, Mad Men is set in the 1960s, but Damn Good Technician says that the practice is alive and well.

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