How to Ask for a Recommendation from Your College Professor

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If you have set your eyes on a job and you believe that you will greatly benefit from having someone back you up as a professional, knowing how to ask for a recommendation letter from your professor can help you out. A recommendation letter is highly beneficial especially for first time job hunters or those who are looking for opportunities while still studying.

Who to Ask a Recommendation Letter From

  • You must ask for a recommendation letter from someone who How to Ask for a Recommendation from Your College Professorknows you. Don’t just go asking the dean of your college for a recommendation letter if you haven’t been in close association with him.
  • Consider asking your thesis adviser or a professor you worked closely with. Make sure you are known by the person you will be asking the letter from.
  • Previous professors, not just the most recent ones you’ve had, are also good candidates. Have a list of professors you know know you and try asking for a recommendation letter from them.

Once you have a list of people you can approach, here’s how to ask for a recommendation letter from them:

Approach them personally. Face to face is always better than just leaving a letter or email.

If you cannot meet with them in person, having a thorough cover letter or email will suffice. Write a polite letter explaining who you are and remind the professor where you have previously worked together academically. Apologize that you cannot meet in person, but express your gratitude in advance for this favor you are asking for. Mention why you are requesting a recommendation letter and where you will be using it.

Attach information that will be of use to your professor. Make sure you include a copy of your resume, and also inform them which company you plan on sending your application to. You can also include a copy of your cover letter that you will be using for your application. Including a printout of the job advertisement you are applying for can also help give them a better idea on what to write in their recommendation letter for you.

If you do not get a reply within a week of sending your request, try sending a follow up email or giving your professor a call. You will then receive feedback about your request or perhaps a possible date of pickup or receipt of your recommendation letter.

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Make sure you send a thank-you note or appear to pick the letter up personally and give your thanks face to face. Remember to be polite and appreciative once you are given this little professional favor!

 

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