You’re Asking for It!
Sooner or later it will happen. You’ve got your tractor beam locked on a choice job, college, or grad school. You’re strutting all the right stuff – stellar credentials, soaring GPA, membership in a zillion noteworthy organizations, a sparkling personality. And what do you get hit with? – A request for a letter of recommendation!
“But doesn’t my glittering record say it all?” you yelp. “What’s the point of getting a second party opinion?” The point is this, people. You’re impeccable stats are just that. Facts and figures. A slew of measurable results. Important? You bet. But they’re still only part of your shining story.
Equally important to admissions honchos and prospective employers is the impression you’ve made on other relevant people in the known galaxy. So like it or not, you might, and probably will, have to ask certain individuals for a seemingly superfluous letter of recommendation.
Typically, you don’t waltz up to your intended benefactor and order a letter of recommendation like a bag of extra-crispy fries. You’ve got to maximize your chances of securing the most important piece of paper you’ve ever held since receiving your diploma. And that means, making the right moves, Slick. Press the wrong button, and you might launch a self-destruct sequence that could obliterate your chances.
Fortunately, the ultimate guide to requesting a letter of recommendation is available right here in this USA Today article. It’s an absolute powerhouse piece on the who, why, what, and where of hitting up key people for an endorsement. It won’t transform you into the ultimate charmer. But it will tremendously improve your chances of getting some very influential people to donate letter-writing time to your cause. Dive into it full force, and absorb every nugget of wisdom. Remember, I’ll be awaiting your feedback.
And, as always, if you want to learn more about this or any other career topic, the Career Connection team is ready to help. Count on us to answer your questions and provide additional information about post-college success and career options for college students. You can reach out to our team at –
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