- Step 1: Start early Start your search early, even before you formally apply to a college, to give your writers plenty of time to complete the letters.
- TIP: Review the college admission requirements to be able to tell the writers what is being asked of you, the student.
- Step 2: Go for variety Choose a variety of people who know you in different ways, such as family friends, volunteer coordinators, and former employers.
- Step 3: Talk with teachers Talk with teachers or professors who can speak about your academic accomplishments or study habits.
- Step 4: Choose relevant experience Choose a person with relevant experience to your chosen field or who attended the college or university you are applying to for admission.
- Step 5: Ask for an interview Ask the potential recommendation writer for an interview to make sure they have enough positive things to say or if they know you well enough.
- TIP: Don't feel that you are intruding by asking for a letter. Most employers and faculty understand it is part of the job and wish to see you succeed.
- Step 6: Go for warm and supportive writers Find people who have a warm personality and a lively writing style to keep the readers interested and engaged. Soon, you'll shine on paper as well as in person.
- FACT: In 2008, the United States Postal Service processed 203 billion pieces of mail and drove 1.2 billion miles to deliver all those letters.
You Will Need
- Variety of writers
- College admission requirements (optional)