A letter of recommendation can be defined as a document which is typically written by teachers, clients, employers for a candidate in order to recommend him/her for a program that he/she wishes to pursue.

This document is written with an aim to vouch for the expertise, achievements and the basic aptitude of the person.

Understanding the significance of a letter of recommendation, here is the list of do’s and don’ts that you may follow in order to draft a good letter of recommendation:


#1 Be sure with the information that is mentioned in the letter of recommendation is no different than your original information

#2 Make sure that you ask your employer/professor well in advance

#3 Add some examples that would help the admission officer to understand your profile better

#4 Discuss and focus on the kind of rapport that you have with the recommender

#5 Try and highlight the projects/work done under the guidance of the recommender

#6 Mention subjects/technologies that the professor/employer taught you

#7 Describe and write a couple of qualities that you demonstrated during your association with the recommender.

#8 Try to highlight the overall personality and profile through situational examples

#9 Highlight the duties that you undertook while you worked or studied under the professor/employer

#10 Try to specify how you would be benefited from the course that you intend to pursue


#1 Do not take a letter of recommendation from a person who doesn’t know you in person

#2 Do not bluff

#3 Do not simply state facts

#4 Do not assume people to give you a recommendation letter

#5 Do not take a letter of recommendation from a family member

#6 Do not ask for a last-minute recommendation

#7 Do not only specify and highlight your strengths

#8 Do not write information that’s contradictory

#9 Do not forget to waive your rights when you send the recommendation letter

#10 Do not ask to your friend to write a letter of recommendation for you


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