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Recommendation Letters

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centelia forbes

on 27 September 2012

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Recommendation letters Who should do my recommendations? WHAT LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION SAY ...
1.Hard-working, workmanlike, industrious, diligent, persistent.
2.Shy, low-key, keeps his individual counsel.
3.I recommend this person ... without reservation, with enthusiasm, with my highest endorsement.
4.I recommend this person ... warmly, strongly, to any department with a job in her area.
6.This student is always willing to engage in vigorous debate.
7.Solid, competent, scoured the archives, good study habits.
8.This person is an outstanding scholar (without any mention of teaching).
9.This person is an outstanding teacher (without any mention of research). AND WHAT THEY REALLY MEAN RESULTS
The goal of your letters is to be insightful, detailed, specific, thorough, honest and supportive. The references should know you well.
What should be expressed in the letters written and oral communication skills; leadership; intellectual ability; critical thinking skills; your ability to get along with peers; adaptability; and motivation.
Having at least three individuals comment on all areas help paint a better picture of the applicant. Universities,Employers use reference letters to determine applicant’s professional characteristics, behaviors and other skills. All to be expressed in a recommendation letter submitted. Some agencies that ask for specific things will provide reference letter template ( graduate ,undergrad schools) and will ask the students to get it filled. But, most of the schools accept the recommendation letter signed in sealed envelope. This goes for others who may ask for a letter of recommendation. Situations
Applicant 1: Submits a very strong application. He didn't think the letters mattered much so he didn't care who wrote them. Three letters were submitted on his behalf but they weren't very insightful and the writers didn't really know him well.

Applicant2: Submits a very strong application that demonstrates strong potential to be a leader in the field of pharmacy. Four letters were submitted on her behalf. These letters were all consistent and detailed in the information they provided: the applicant has the skills necessary to be an outstanding pharmacy student. It was clear the writers knew the applicant extremely well and could provide detailed information about the applicant and her potential to succeed.

Applicant3: Submits a strong application. Terrance knows that Letters of recommendation are important component to his application so he took this aspect of the application very seriously. He selected four individuals that knew him very well and could validate much of what he expressed himself in the application. It was important for Terrance to provide a diverse perspective to the Admissions Committee. He selected letter writers that could speak to many different areas. He knew that he was limited in the amount of space he could write on the application himself. Scholarship Recommendation Letters
Internship /Special Program Recommendation Letters
Commendation / Nomination Letters
Character Reference Letters Scholarship Recommendation Letters
Internship /Special Program Recommendation Letters
Commendation / Nomination Letters
Character Reference Letters Professional Sample
Denise Spaat
TREX, Inc.
76 Main Street
Any City, State, Zip
Catherine Zaboda
DRES, Inc.
532 East 95th Street
Every City, State, Zip
Dear Catherine,

April Rango has been an employee here at TREX, Inc. For the past five years. She has been a pleasure to work with, bringing her attention to detail to every project. Her communication and people skills are excellent, and she has some very innovative ideas.
I can highly recommend her for the opportunity that you have available. It is a very similar position to the one she has here, and she is well suited to the challenges it provides. April is a talented young woman, and everyone here wishes her all the best with her move to Every City. If you need any additional information, please contact me.
Best Regards,
Denise Spaat Graduate program

It is my honor to recommend John Doe for matriculation into the Graduate program at Rochester Institute. I have had the pleasure to know and work with John for the last six years. He he first worked with me as an intern in the software development organization at XYZ in Syracuse, NY. Following his graduation from Rochester Institute, I was fortunate enough to keep track of his career so that when the opportunity arose, I was able to recruit him to his current position at ABCD. The characteristics of John that attracted my attention then, and led me to hire him out of Company B last year, make it easy for me to give him an unqualified endorsement for graduate study.
John brings to all of his activities energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. This is to be expected in any successful member of an entrepreneurial organization, and in this regard John fits in well. Be it in the parsing of intricate algorithms in a billing system, the crafting of an object hierarchy, or the establishment of best practices with an emerging technology, John consistently delivers high-quality software for our organization. This speaks to his overall intellect and ability to learn, attributes that will serve him well in graduate study.
While John is a relatively junior member of our organization as measured by tenure, he quickly established himself as a go-to person in the product domains in which he has worked. He has been ever-willing to work with members of our organization to share his knowledge and expertise, most notably as a presenter for presentations on product functions. He has a deep-rooted spirit of helpfulness that coupled with his quick grasp of subject matter speaks well to his potential as a teaching assistant or instructor.
What I find most engaging in John's character are his wide-ranging interests outside of software. Two of his abiding interests are game theory and economics. He can be quickly engaged in an in depth discussion, for instance, of the rationale behind EZ-Pass, the lack-of rationality of the financial markets, or the optimal approach for making a few quid on the super-bowl. John's broad range of interests speaks well to his potential as researcher, both in bringing a wide range of theory to the research at hand, as well as carrying forward new hypotheses of interest to researchers.
John Doe is a valued member of our organization whom we have learned we can rely on, regardless of the difficulty of the task to hand or the novelty of the challenge. His combination of intelligence, commitment, perseverance, creativity, and compassionate character will certainly make him a valuable member of any academic program. I encourage you to look favorably upon his application.
George Smith
What you do not need for your letter of recommendation? What needs to be portrayed in your letter of recommendation?
What to do for a great letter of recommendation? Do not simply ask potential authors if they are willing to write you a letter of recommendation; ask them if they are able to write you a strong letter of recommendation.

Avoid letter of recommendation authors who can and will provide unflattering descriptions of your personal or academic characteristics.

Avoid letter of recommendation from authors who are unable to base their descriptions in an academic /professional context. Choose your letter of recommendation authors carefully.

Avoid attempts to impress with information that can be interpret as insincere flattery
Example: referring to program/employment in an excessively complimentary manner/ inappropriate name dropping

Do get recommendations from employers, professors, school administration, and anyone else who is familiar with your work ethic. The writer really knows the person
Look for one or two stories about the person's strengths, as well as how they interact with peers.

The more specific the letter, the better the letter is.

Whoever request a letter of recommendation is looking for the phrase: "I highly recommend."
Diversity in your letters is needed
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