Request That Someone Write a Letter of Recommendation In Your Behalf
Dr. Mel Luthy, Chief Editor
Sample Letter #1
As I work toward the completion of my application for graduate schools, it has been important for me to identify the individuals best equipped to write letters of recommendation on my behalf. Clearly, of all my mentors you have contributed the most to my intellectual growth, and you have the best/clearest perspective on my experiences and abilities; and so I am writing today to ask for your support in my efforts to continue my education.
Although I know that you have many previous commitments and responsibilities, considering that my letters of recommendation are not due until (Date), I hope time will allow for you to assist me. I have enclosed the recommendation forms for each university to which I will apply. Of course, if for any reason you are not willing or simply not able to contribute a letter, I will understand. You have contributed much to my education already, and I remain deeply grateful.
Sample Letter #2
I am writing to request a letter of recommendation in support of my application for the service manager position. During my two-year employment as your chief mechanic, I certainly hope that I improved my value to the company in the auto shop.
Doe Industries is currently seeking a motor pool service manager. I would be supervising the repairs and maintenance on the 40-vehicle fleet, as well as performing administrative duties in the motor pool, such as hiring new personnel and ordering supplies.
I believe my experiences with you at Springfield Diesel, both with the actual machinery and with the administrative operations, qualify me for this position. I have enclosed a copy of my letter of introduction, so that you will have my current address and phone number. Thank you very much for your help.
Sample Letter #3
I am writing to ask if you would be willing to draft a letter of recommendation for me. As you know, I was a victim of the recent layoffs that were caused by the merger.
I think you know my abilities as well as anyone, and I hope you can give some specific details of our experiences together on the design team at Doe Aerospace. You also are familiar with my skill as a problem solver and mediator between designers advocating conflicting courses of action. I am setting my sights on a management position this time, so anything you can say about my ability to manage, supervise, and motivate people would also be useful.
I appreciate all the help you have given me in the past, and if I can reciprocate this favor, please let me know.
Sample Letter #4
This month I am applying for a position as a typesetter with Doe Publishers. It's been just over a year since I worked under your supervision at Graphmaster. Because of the extensive training you gave me there, I naturally consider you one of the best references to vouch for my typesetting skills. Would you be able to prepare a letter of recommendation for me?
I'm hopeful you'll consider describing for Doe the broad range of projects I worked on while at Graphmaster--from fliers, newsletters, posters, and wedding announcements to some book-length projects. Also, since the position I'm applying for requires some versatility with various desktop word-processing and typesetting applications, could you also mention my computer literacy?
I'd greatly appreciate your help and feel that your recommendation will help me compete successfully for this position. I hope this will not be an imposition. I've enclosed a stamped, self-addressed envelope for your use in forwarding the recommendation to Doe. Thank you very much for your assistance.
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