Letter Of Recommendation: Learning The Right Strategy To Get Managers To Accommodate Your Request For Letters Of Recommendation

January 15th, 2009

Requesting for letters of recommendation can be very difficult if you don’t know how you should go about it. Negotiating with your recommender to get him to consider printing your recommendation letter with his company’s logo, then sign it, can prove to be very tricky. How do you break it to your recommender that you can write your letter of recommendation better than he can? Recommenders often lack writing skills, but they don’t often lack egos.

What’s more, we’ve all been taught that tooting our own horns is something we should avoid. What’s your recommender to think if you try to force some brag letter on him to sign? He’ll see you as an all-assuming dork!

If you know how to go about this, this will be an effective tool in getting the letters of recommendation you need to make your career goals a reality.

The two most common reasons why some managers refuse to write recommendation letters are: their schedule is too full leaving them no time to write or they don’t think they can write that well. In lots of cases, it’s the second category that’s prevalent, but most people give the first excuse instead.

Regardless of whether it is painfully obvious that your recommender has all the time in the world, you need to run with the premise that the real issue is time availability; take care not to let slip that you’re on to him and never make him feel embarrassed.

You can tell your recommender something in this context:

“I know you might be very busy and you probably have a lot on your plate right now to write a recommendation letter for me, and if it weren’t important, I wouldn’t request it of you. But if it would be OK, I can write you up a draft letter for you to review. I can email it to you if you want so it would be easy for you to edit. The whole process would take you very little time and it could really make all the difference in my job search. Can I perhaps send it to you this week?”

For more information, including tips, samples, and templates, please check out our website: Letter Of Recommendation

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