HOW TO WRITE A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

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WHAT IS LOR?

The Letter of Recommendation, also known as a LOR, is a written document. It gives admissions officers a thorough understanding of your qualifications for admission to the target university. It aims to present a favorable picture of your experiences, accomplishments, and successes as represented by the person making the recommendation. A letter of recommendation for student recommended by the professor or supervisor. A LOR is not a duplication of a SOP, which is a crucial distinction to keep in mind.

 

TYPES OF LOR

 There are two types of LORAcademic and Professional LOR.

  1. An academic LOR is one that comes from a professor at your current or previous educational institution. It is a letter of recommendation for student for higher studies.
  2. Requirements for work experience are typically established for MBA study abroad. They request a professional letter of recommendation also called letter of recommendation for masters from a direct manager in this manner.

The letterhead of the university must be used for an academic LOR, while the letterhead of the company must be used for a professional LOR. One thing to keep in mind in the latter situation is that the letterhead should be from the business that the recommender works for. If your recommender has moved on to another company, this causes an issue. Thus, the student needs to be able to select the best recommender.

 

 

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FORMAT

You can structure an excellent LOR into the following points:

  • START WITH GREETINGS: The recipient of your LOR must be indicated here. You can use Dear Admission Committee or Dear Admission Officer. Do not use Hello, Hi or Respected as these terms are only used in India.
  • OPENING THE LOR: Here the relation between recommender and candidate is explained.

You can add answers to the following questions.

  • How long have recommenders known the candidate?
  • How many subjects were taught by them (recommender)?
  • Which project do they supervise?

You can add a brief introduction about yourself and the purpose of writing the letter of recommendation.

  • BODY OF THE LOR: In this you have to mention personal and professional qualifications of the candidate.

Following things can be added.

  • Strengths like knowledge of the subject you taught. Problem solving ability, lab work and research can be added.
  • Soft skills like communication skills, team work skills, leadership skills or confidence.
  • Unique qualities that make the candidate different from peers.

 

Your letter’s body contains the most crucial information. Make sure it is well-organized and brief. Always keep in mind that each intake generates thousands of applications, and that yours is one among those that the Admission Committee reviews. Concentrate on including your talents and accomplishments, supported by concrete examples, to stand out.

  • CONCLUSION OF THE LOR: Here, you should write the candidate’s strengths. Describe why you believe the candidate is a perfect fit for the applied course. State that you are recommending the candidate.

 

  • SIGNATURE OF THE RECOMMENDER: Add complete information about the recommender. It includes full name, designation, university/company name, email id and contact number.

 

WHOM TO ASK FOR LOR?

It is crucial to request a LOR from managers or instructors who are familiar with you.

They will be better able to convey your talents, personality, and skills. The department head wouldn’t provide the best LOR recommendation if they didn’t already know you. Getting LOR from the appropriate people will enhance the quality of your letter. It will increase your chances of getting accepted to the targeted university. You must have your recommends selected and have gotten their consent to create your letter well in advance because every application requires the submission of 2-3 reference letters.

Additionally, a LOR should not be undervalued because it is as vital as your admissions essays, statements of purpose, resumes, or any other document for that reason.

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