LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
How to go about doing it
Make a list of persons you are going to ask to recommend you.
If possible, jot down a few extra names whom you could depend on in case of an emergency.
Make sure they are willing to do so.
Talk it over with them. See if they are reasonably sure they'd like to do for you. Be clear that recommendations
are a pain for everyone involved, but most so for those who have to actually
write them up. No one enjoys writing recommendations. And so you can't
depend on someone who isn't too sure he/she'd like to recommend you.
Make sure they know what you want to do
If they knew you were interested in marketing research and not finance, maybe they wouldn't have said that
you'd be a great asset to the finance class. Of course, the persons recommending
you are often busy people, so you may want to give them a note alongside
the rest of the material we've listed in our next point.
Each of the persons recommending you deserves a copy of your resume. Along with that, give them the original
recommendation form and a copy too. In this copy, give them points
that you'd like covered in their write-up. If the form asks them to list
an incident where you displayed leadership skills, it'd make it easier
for them if you have provided them with a few incidents that you
think would be suitable. Let them do the descriptive part. Your job is
to make sure they remember a few relevant incidents. You could even attach
a note saying that you'd rather they talk about your pet project, etc.
Make your timeframe absolutely clear. And while we're on the topic, be considerate and give them a few
weeks to prepare your recommendation. Be sure that you've given yourself
a buffer of a week or two to make up for unexpected exigencies. Also clear
up whether they'd like to mail the recommendation themselves or whether
they want you to do the needful. Consult the application brochure to make
sure you're aware of what your university prefers.
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