Letters of Recommendation & References
Professors, advisors, coaches, and former employers are all people to consider asking
to write or speak on your behalf.
How To Ask
What skills do you want addressed in the recommendation?
If you are applying for a research position, a professor may be more appropriate than a coach. If you are applying for a teaching position, someone who has seen you interact with children may be more appropriate than someone who knows how well you can analyze data. Ask the people who can best speak to your pertinent skills and experiences.
Meet in person, one-on-one with the people you would like to ask. Bring a copy of your resume, transcript and any other supporting materials that may be helpful for them to learn as much about you as possible. Also be sure to bring a brief description of the job field, fellowship, or graduate program to which you are applying, highlighting the key skills you would like emphasized.
If you are asking recommenders to send a letter directly to a recipient, give them an addressed and stamped envelope, or the instructions for how they may submit their letter online.