Letter of Recommendation
Obtaining a letter of recommendation
- It is important to keep in touch with work supervisors, professors, and mentors, as they will be more willing to write a letter for you.
- Approach your professors or work supervisors early enough to ensure that they will have sufficient time to write a suitable letter.
Update them on your interests, goals, and research.
- The letter of recommendation should be just as unique as the other materials. Discuss your interests, goals, and influences in life with them.
Give appropriate materials.
- Give your writers an outline of your interests and goals or supply them with a résumé. The more information they have, the better.
- Provide a stamped envelope if a paper letter is needed.
- Don’t harass your writers, but make sure they know the deadlines.
- Give them a deadline at least a few days before the actual deadline to make sure it is submitted on time.
Properly thank those who write you a letter.
- Send a hand written note thanking them for their time.
- Update them on the progress if you obtain an interview and are accepted.
Closely read the directions.
- If the application form asks if you would like to waive your right to see the letter of recommendation, it is generally advised to do so. Not only will the selection committee expect this, but also the letter writer will be more comfortable and sincere.