So you want a letter of recommendation…

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‘Tis the season for writing reference letters. I get lot of requests for these for reasons that range from graduate school applications to resident assistant and job related inquiries. For the most part, I am happy to write them. If you want me to write you a letter:

First, read this.

If after reading that, you think I can write you a strong letter of recommendation, ask me. I will probably say yes (as you read in the link above, it’s part of my job).  Then, send me:

  • Your resume*
  • An unofficial transcript*
  • A short list of 2-3 things you want to make sure I highlight in the letter*
  • Deadlines for any and all letters
  • A list of places to which you plan to apply or seek employment, so I’m prepared for phone calls and email requests

*Preferably, I have these things 2-3 weeks before they are due so I have can budget time to write you a great letter.

Finally, I’m pretty good at getting things in on time, but PLEASE remind me. Remind me 1 week before, then 1 day before, any critical deadlines. A lot of the automated emails that are sent by universities, employers, etc. hit my spam or other email filters and I never see them. If you remind me, I can search for them. Then, follow up with whatever online recommendation system or employer you are working with to make sure they got the letter I uploaded/emailed/sent.

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