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Letter Of Recommendations

Letter of Recommendation (LOR) is a testimonial of how you are as an individual to be around, to be taught to or to have worked along with. It is an accreditation of your academic presence as assessed by your lecturers and professors. It could also be an assessment of your professional expertise when given by your seniors in your company. LORs are highly valued in the Republic of Ireland, so ensure you have a good LOR.

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Typical time required: 1 – 2 weeks

Highlights

  • The Letter of Recommendation should lay out a story about you. It should represent you as an individual with understandings of having personally worked with you.
  • For some colleges/universities, you need to give your recommender’s contact details in the application form/in your CV. Your recommender shall get an email with a form/link to a questionnaire/few direct questions which need to be addressed by them.
  • In most cases (when the recommender doesn’t know you that well or if they are caught up with other work and cannot write it for you), the recommender might ask you to make a LOR so that they don’t have to to write the whole document themselves.

Before You Start

  • Check for specific requirements mentioned by your university for your LOR to be in any particular format (sometimes, they upload a file which needs to be filled in by your recommender )
  • Do not exceed the word limit for the LOR, e.g. 500 words, 1 page, 2000 characters etc.
  • See how many LORs are asked for. Also, check if they have mentioned who your recommenders should be (e.g. your Professor, Project manager).
  • If you lack any prior internship experience, you can request for a LOR from your professor, head of Department, or the director of the University you’ve studied at. The credibility of their words will be more than a letter from your high school.

Required Documents (for your recommender)

  • Your CV (if necessary)
  • Your Grade Report (if needed)
  • A draft LOR (if required)

Step by step Guide

  • Think of 2-3 individuals who can give you a good recommendation. That means (i) You have attended their lectures or have been associated with them earlier (ii) they know you personally (preferable) (iii) They are in a respectable position.
  • Humbly request them for a positive Letter of Recommendation for you.
  • When asking for someone from the University, you may also send your Transcript, reminding them of your performance in their classes.
  • When asking a senior from your Internship Company, ask someone who can give information on your role and contribution to the work.
  • If you are writing a LOR draft, keep it in a friendly tone but do not exceed the boundary on any occasion.
  • There should be details on the duration of your experience and how the recommender knows the student.
  • If you are required to prepare many drafts of the LOR for different recommenders, then ensure that you have entirely changed the content with minimal overlap.
  • Lastly, you can embellish the truth in any way you like, but don’t write false/untrue statements. This is disrespectful and unethical for your recommender, and by doing this, you might even offend them.
  • Once your recommender gives you the final document, check if it is signed, stamped and sealed.
  • The recommender should mention their full name, contact number, email id and designation at the organisation written at the end of the Letter. This way, Universities can directly get in touch with your recommenders.
  • Make sure you notify your recommenders about the Colleges/Universities you will be applying to.

Trivia

  • Keep in mind the type of College/University and the Programme Content you will be applying to before sending the LORs.
  • LORs from your Universities/work of recent years have a higher value.
  • Your LOR has to be written on the Company’s/ University’s letterhead only and should be stamped by the Department and signed by your recommender.

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