How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation

Asking for a letter of recommendation is a common practice when applying for jobs, education programs, or other opportunities.

It is a way to present yourself positively through the perspective of someone who can attest to your skills, achievements, character, etc.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Select someone who knows you well and can speak positively about your abilities. This could be a former supervisor, teacher, advisor, professor, or mentor.
  • Make the request well in advance, allowing them ample time to write a thoughtful and detailed letter.
  • Request the letter though email or ask in person. Asking is person is better but email works too.
  • Make sure to include information such as the position or program details, your resume, and specific points for them to highlight.
  • Mention that they have the option to decline if they are unable or do not feel compelled to write the letter.
  • Follow up with reminders and additional information, expressing gratitude upon submission.

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By Claire Martino
Claire Martino