Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Getting Great Letters of Recommendation

21,500 views

Published on

Learn specific tips for how to get the best letter of recommendation that will strengthen your application for academic programs, study abroad, scholarships, fellowships, internships, and more!

  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Getting Great Letters of Recommendation

  1. 1. PRESENTED BY THE UW BOTHELL OFFICE OF MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS AND THE CAREER CENTER
  2. 2.  Letters of recommendation provide an external perspective on an applicant and highlight his/her strengths and suitability.  They are written by professors, mentors, employers, professional colleagues.  Foundation = relationships built over time PRESENTED BY UW BOTHELL OFFICE OF MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS AND THE CAREER CENTER
  3. 3.    Indicate strong academic performance List positive qualities of applicant Make general recommendations    Demonstrate that the writer knows the student well Indicate understanding of the letter’s purpose Give specific examples of the student skills and experiences relevant to the opportunity Take a look at these sample letters to see the difference. PRESENTED BY UW BOTHELL OFFICE OF MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS AND THE CAREER CENTER
  4. 4.  Network  Pick to build strong relationships the most strategic recommenders: o Academic vs. professional references o Alignment with program/scholarship goals  Give advance notice PRESENTED BY UW BOTHELL OFFICE OF MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS AND THE CAREER CENTER
  5. 5. What’s wrong with this email?
  6. 6. When making a letter of recommendation request, include: 1. Description of program/job/scholarship 2. Exact wording of what should be covered in the letter -> skills, qualifications and accomplishments to be highlighted 3. List of specific, relevant experience: class projects, research, papers and grades for faculty; responsibilities and accomplishments for supervisors 4. Resume, cover letter or personal statement used to apply 5. Deadline and specific submission instructions 6. Name and address of letter recipient PRESENTED BY UW BOTHELL OFFICE OF MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS AND THE CAREER CENTER
  7. 7.  Communicate via one email trail  Be timely and responsive to additional information requests from your reference  Show  Keep thanks! in touch PRESENTED BY UW BOTHELL OFFICE OF MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS AND THE CAREER CENTER

×