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How Do I Submit Letters of Recommendation?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Letters of Recommendation

Hopefully, you have the perfect teachers in mind to ask for your letter of recommendation. Once you’ve asked these teachers, how do you actually get their letters to your colleges?

This guide will go over everything you need to know about submitting your recommendation letters, whether you’re using the Common Application, a customized school application, and/or Naviance. To start, what are the options for submission?

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Should I Add Supplemental Recommendation Letters?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Oct 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Letters of Recommendation

Maybe you spent the last year interning in a business and know your supervisor could write a stellar letter about your work ethic and passion for economics. Or you have a long term music teacher who can speak to your lifelong dedication to playing the piano. Or maybe you attend a school with thousands of students and feel like you’ve barely said ten words to your counselor or classroom teachers all year long.

If any of these scenarios hits home, then you might be considering sending a supplemental recommendation letter along with your college application. Before sending any extra materials, though, you should think hard about whether it’s the right course of action. This guide will discuss when it’s appropriate to send supplemental recommendations and when you’d be better off holding back.

To start, what are some reasons students think they should send an additional rec letter?

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What Should I Give to a Teacher Writing My Recommendation Letter?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Letters of Recommendation

A substantial bribe. Just kidding. You should give your teacher recommenders something much more valuable for writing effective letters of recommendation: your input. 

Sharing your ideas will assist your teacher in writing you an insightful and specific letter. This guide will discuss what materials you should produce, and why your "recommender's packet" can go a long way toward making your final letter outstanding. 

To start, let’s review why recommendations are important to your application. If you understand what admissions officers look for, then you can make sure that your materials are useful and relevant. With this in mind, let's consider what purpose rec letters serve in the admission process.  

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When Should I Ask for a College Recommendation Letter?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Letters of Recommendation

I remember worrying about the perfect time to ask for recommendation letters. Too early, I thought, could seem like over-planning; maybe my teachers would even forget by the time deadlines rolled around! Too late, though, would suggest a lack of preparation or could even offend my recommenders. It seemed like the stars had to align just right.

If you’ve had any of these same concerns, you don’t have to wonder anymore. This guide will discuss the best times to ask for recommendations, plus why it’s important to have good timing in the first place. To start, what should you consider as you figure out when to ask?

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Writing a Character Reference: Full Template

Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Letters of Recommendation

Thoreau once wrote, “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” In the case of a character reference, the language of friendship involves both words and meanings. If you’re tasked with writing a character reference, then your mission is to write about your friend and all her amazing qualities.

How exactly can you fulfill this mission of writing an outstanding character reference? This guide will help you through the writing process with a template for your letter. To begin, let’s go over the purpose of a character reference.

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Sample Letter of Recommendation for an Internal Promotion

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 10, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Letters of Recommendation

Beyond helping someone get an initial hire, recommendation letters can also go a long way toward assisting someone with an internal promotion. If the promotion involves moving into a position of leadership, then a great rec letter from a supervisor or colleague can be useful in showing that the candidate's ready to move up. 

In this sample reference, a supervisor recommends that a Customer Experience Advisor at a glasses company move into the position of Team Lead. Read on to see how the supervisor frames her letter.

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Job Recommendation Letter Sample for a Remote Worker

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 10, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Letters of Recommendation

In our brave new world of ubiquitous internet, some employees work on a remote basis, communicating with teams via email and video chat. Whether they contribute as programmers, writers, or in another field, they might work from anywhere with a wifi connection. 

This letter represents this remote relationship with a clothing company manager writing for a freelance web designer. Even though the manager hasn't worked with the candidate on a day-to-day basis, he can still attest to the quality of her work, as well as touch on some of the personal characteristics that he has gotten to know.

Read on to see how the remote manager weaves a strong reference for a web designer.

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Job Reference Sample: A Professor's Recommendation

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 10, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Letters of Recommendation

 

If you're a college professor, you'll probably write a bunch of recommendation letters for graduate programs and even jobs. In the following sample, an English professor provides a reference letter for a former student applying to teach English in South Korea. 

While this professor hasn't seen his student in a teaching role, he can attest to his English language skills and passion for immersing himself in new cultures. Read on for the sample reference letter and an analysis of what it does well.

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Job Recommendation Letter Sample for a Student Intern

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 10, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Letters of Recommendation

Did you know there are over 1.5 million internships in the U.S. each year? If you work in supervisory role in a company, chances are you might find yourself writing a letter of recommendation for an intern. While you may have gotten to know an intern on a part-time, temporary basis, you can still write a personal and detailed letter of recommendation to help her through the job search. 

The following sample letter of recommendation is written by an editor at a publishing company for a recent intern. Read on for the reference letter and an analysis of what it does well.

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9 Sample Excellent Recommendation Letters for Your Job

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 10, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Letters of Recommendation

Anyone who’s applied for a job knows how important recommendation letters can be to getting hired. While you've probably asked for a reference letter in the past, you may be less familiar with writing one. If someone asks you for a reference, how can you produce a great letter that will help your employee, colleague, or friend get hired?

To help you through the writing process, we’re providing nine samples of effective letters of recommendation (scroll down to skip to the samples!). By reading through these examples, you’ll gain a clear understanding of how to structure your own letters.

Before getting to the free recommendation letter samples, let’s briefly review the role that reference letters play in the hiring process. Why are they important, and what makes some stand out over others?

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Letter of Recommendation Sample: Close Colleague

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 10, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Letters of Recommendation

You don't have to be somebody's boss to write her a recommendation letter. You might have a coworker ask you to write one when she applies for an internal promotion or a position outside the company. 

This sample letter's written by a colleague for someone applying to a leadership position at another company. As a coworker and friend to the candidate, the writer can speak both to her professional skills and to her personal interests. Read on to see how the writer supports his colleague's job application.

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A School Principal's Recommendation Letter for a Teacher

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 10, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Letters of Recommendation

According to the State Department of Education, there were 24 applicants for every one teaching position in Connecticut last year! Teaching's a competitive field, so a stand-out letter of recommendation can go a long way. 

In the sample letter below, a principal recommends an art teacher applying to another school due to budget cuts. Check out what the principal has to say about this teacher, and then read on for an analysis of what this letter does well. 

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Sample Recommendation: A Friend's Character Reference

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 10, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Letters of Recommendation

This final recommendation letter example represents a character reference. A character reference might come from a friend, neighbor, or even relative. It tends to be more personal than professional and speaks to the subject's personality and character.

Some jobs ask for a character reference, but there are other circumstances that call for one, too. In the below letter, the writer is recommending her neighbor and close friend for a place in their local Rotary Club, an organization dedicated to community service. 

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Recommendation Letter: Manager for Part-Time Employee

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 10, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Letters of Recommendation

Not all of the candidates asking for a recommendation letter are full-time or long-term employees. Even if you're writing for a part-time or temporary worker, you can still give great insight into his work performance and strengths. 

In the sample letter below, a restaurant manager recommends a server who worked during summers off from college. The candidate's looking to move into his first full-time job after graduation. Read on to learn what this restaurant manager has to say.

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Direct Manager's Letter of Recommendation for an Employee

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Letters of Recommendation

What does a good recommendation letter look like? Below you’ll find a sample letter written by a direct manager for an employee who works in software sales. If you’re responsible for managing or leading a team, chances are you’ll be called upon to write similar letters.

Read on to see how this manager endorses one member of his sales team, and then check out the breakdown of what this letter does well.

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