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# Letters of Recommendations

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Letters of Recommendations [#permalink]  04 Oct 2005, 11:34
Regarding the letters of recommendations, most of the letters of recomemndations forms that the universities provide have a list of questions that they want to recommenders to fill out. Should the recommenders fill it out on the form, or should they just leave it blank, but instead write their answers on their own letterhead in their own letter form?

Who should be good as recommenders? I am currently doing a fashion writing internship for an online magazine that's based in Chicago, so it's pretty much an online internship. Should I ask the editor in chief or she would probably not make a good recommender?

Otherwise, I have not really kept in contact with most of my previous employers or supervisors. Some moved to another state or others work somewhere else (which I dont know where). The only person that I can really think of that can comment of my work is a Lead cashier who I have previously worked with at a retail store. She trained me and have worked closely with me. Do you think she would be a good source?

What about customers? When I used to work at Christian Dior, I've always helped a certain client when she came into the store. Could she be one of my recommenders?
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Many recommenders are more comfortable writing the reco more in a letter format, on their own paper. This is fine, as long as they make sure to answer the questions asked. They can still write it in more prose, rather than in short bulleted sections. I actually found that my recommenders wrote better recos when they wrote on their own paper in a letter format. They tended to answer the questions more completely and with better examples.

Re: who makes a good recommender, the more someone knows you and has worked with you, the better. In your case, if the editor isn't the person you were working for directly, then that person isn't a good choice. Also, if you have only worked with the editor online (and not in person), an adcomm may see this as not a close relationship. Ideally, your recommender has seen you in a bunch of situations, both good and bad, has seen you rise to challenges, overcome problems, etc.

Actually, a client could be a good recommender! But again, the client would need to have good examples to back up their answers to questions. Just saying "This applicant is a great person" won't be enough. They'll need to have seen enough of what you've done to credibly comment on your abilities.

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