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Letters of Recommendation

To the Candidate:

  1. Direct the person who will complete the Letter of Recommendation to this web page. 
  2. Letters should be returned directly to the student.
  3. If applying for a graduate school that may use online recommendations, complete the Reference Request and Student Authorization Form and return it to each reference writer.
  4. After receiving the letter from the writer verify it is on official letterhead or has a company logo printed on the letter, and that the letter is signed by the writer.

To the Writer:

Please complete the Letter of Recommendation which will be included in the candidate’s self-managed file. The student will duplicate this file for prospective employers and graduate school personnel.  In writing this reference, please evaluate and note such attributes as the following:

Potential of the applicant in his/her chosen field

  • organizational skills
  • initiative
  • cooperativeness
  • analytical skills
  • reliability
  • general aptitude
  • communication skills
  • dependability
  • personal qualities

Any other qualifications which may be of interest to a prospective employer should also be included.

  1. Use your firm’s/school’s letterhead.
  2. Once the letter is completed, print a hard copy and sign.
  3. The completed recommendation should be returned directly to the student.
  4. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Career Services at (218) 755-2038.