Letter Of Recommendations

Letter of Recommendation (LOR) is a testimonial of how it is to be associated with you, to teach you or to have worked with you. It is a statement of your academic contributions and qualifications as assessed by your professors. It could also be an assessment of your professional competencies when given by your supervisors in your company.

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Typical time required: 1 – 2 weeks

Highlights

  • Just like the SOP, the Letter of recommendation should put out a story about you. It should portray the experiences of having personally worked with you.
  • Sometimes, you need to mention your recommender’s contact details in the application form or in the CV itself. Your recommender shall get an email with a form/link to a questionnaire/be asked a few direct questions regarding your contributions and the role played.
  • In most cases (when the recommender isn’t well acquainted to you /if they are caught up with other works and cannot write for you), the recommender might ask you to send a draft LOR so that they don’t have to write the whole letter all over again, and instead simply edit it.

Before You Start

  • Check your institution’s requirements and see if they have mentioned that the LOR to be in any specific format.
  • Always follow the limit for LOR length, e.g. 500 words, 1 page, 2000 characters etc.
  • See how many LORs are requested. Also, check who should be your recommenders (e.g. academic or professional ones).
  • If you lack any previous internship experience, you can request for a LOR from your professors, head of Department, college dean or even the director of the institute you’ve studied at. The credibility of their statements will be more than a Letter from your school.

Required Documents (for your recommender)

  • Your CV (if asked)
  • Your Grade Report (if asked)
  • A draft LOR (if asked)

Step by step Guide

  • Think of a few people who can give you a good recommendation. You should have (i) attended their classes/worked with them in the past (ii) known them personally (not necessarily always, e.g. College Dean) (iii) They are in a respectable position in the company.
  • Humbly request them if they can write a positive LOR for you.
  • When asking for a person from your University, you may also submit a copy of your Transcript, reminding them of your performance in the class.
  • When asking for a senior from the Internship Company, pick someone who can mention relevant information on your role & contribution to the work.
  • Think from the perspective of your recommender. If you are drafting a sample, let it be in an appreciative tone, but do not go over the board.
  • There should be a comment on the duration & in what capacity the recommender knows you.
  • If you have to prepare many samples of the LOR for different recommenders, then see to it that you have entirely modified the LOR content with minimal overlap.
  • Lastly, keep in mind that you can embellish the truth in any way you like, but don’t write false/untrue statements. This is completely disrespectful & unethical for the recommender.
  • Once your recommender gives you the final LOR, make sure that it has been stamped, signed and sealed.
  • Your recommender must mention their full name, contact & designation at the end of the Letter. This way, the admission officers can directly get in touch with the recommenders.

Trivia

  • Keep in mind the type of institutions and the Course module content of the programme you will be applying for before sending the LORs.
  • The LORs from your work/college carried out in recent years have higher importance.
  • Your LOR has to be written on the University’s / Company’s official letterhead. It should be sealed by the respective Department and signed by the recommender.

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