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Demonstrating Sensitivity

German Joys has been running a short series on Getting Hired or Fired in Germany. This entry explains the differences between an American "letter of reference" and a German "Zeugnis". A Zeugnis is required by law to be positive (at least on the surface), but there are a number code phrases that can be used to express negative opinions. I knew about many of these, but until now I was not aware of the danger of "demonstrating sensitivity to the needs" of my co-workers, and certainly not of the greater danger of showing comprehensive sensitivity.

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