What is a Letter of Recommendation?
A Letter of Recommendation (LoR) helps the admissions committee know about your technical, academic and non-academic expertise through your recommender. The content in the recommendation is extremely important. So, choose your recommenders wisely. There are certain areas on which the universities expect you to be rated by your recommender. They are as follows:
Who can give me an LoR?
Usually, the recommenders are from your high school or undergraduate institute (your respective department especially) and work/internship place (if any). So, does designation of the recommender matter? Well, it does. You cannot take a recommendation from a teacher who has just joined the institution and has an experience of a year or two. LOR from teachers who have personally known you through High School and know your performance in the class holds a lot of weightage. Similarly, one from the manager or founder of the company/companies you have worked with makes a difference as well. In most applications, following are the recommenders-
Recommendations cannot be given by:
It would be great if you can get an LoR from a Math professor if you are applying for a Financial Engineering course.
Make sure that you are on good terms with your recommenders. If not, then try improving them. Now is a good time to start buttering. Do not force your teachers to write good about you. Always remember that they are doing a favour to you.
How should a Letter of Recommendation be drafted?
Generally, all universities expect you to give three LoRs. Moreover, a Letter of Recommendation should ideally be drafted by the recommender himself/herself. Although, most recommenders ask the applicant to draft it on their own. This LoR is moderated by the recommender afterwards. An ideal LoR is about 500 words long. Remember to keep the tone positive throughout.
Now, the next question is- what should I write in my LoR? For this, we enumerate the following points:
NOTE: Do not lie in the letter. Make it seem as real as possible and cover the above mentioned points. It is recommended to split the content in the LoRs so that all three are different from each other.
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