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Obtaining Letters of Recommendation

Make your candidacy as strong as possible by carefully soliciting references and letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are extremely important in decisions to hire or admit an individual or to award a scholarship or grant. Consequently, be sure to spend adequate time and effort to ensure their effectiveness.

In some cases, you list an individual as a reference, and the organization or individual considering your application will contact that person, often only if you are a finalist for the position. Other situations, however, require a formal letter of recommendation from each reference.

General Guidelines for Requesting References or Letters of Recommendation

In addition, follow these guidelines for obtaining written letters of recommendation:

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