10 Mistakes To Avoid While Preparing Your LOR

Letter of Recommendation (LOR) is a document through which evaluators assess your personality from your recommender’s perspective. Especially in the western countries, Recommendation Letters carry a very high importance whether you are applying for a graduate school or a part-time or a full-time job. Avoid these mistakes and make your LORs perfect because they are going to play a big role in future.

1

Wrong Recommender

1. Choosing The Wrong Recommender may give you a problem

2. So choose a recommender who is capable of presenting you in the convincing manner

2

Less Time To The Recommender

1. Not Giving Enough Time To The Recommender

2. Allocate a month’s time for your recommenders to write a compelling LOR

3

Not Validating Your Candidature

1. Not Validating Your Candidature With Examples

2. When recommender praises the applicant in LOR, it must be followed by an example

4

Areas Of Improvement

1. Missing Out On Your Areas Of Improvement

2. Try to include at least one weakness of yours in the LOR

5

Using A Cold Dry Tone

1. Using A Cold Dry Tone While Writing The LOR

2. The recommender should maintain a level of warmth while preparing LOR

6

Information To The Recommender

1. Not Providing Enough Information To The Recommender

2. Send your CV, certificates or any other proof to help them evaluate your profile

7

Recommender's Contact Details

1. Not Including Recommender’s Full Contact Details

2. LOR should have phone number and email of the recommender

8

Excessive Praising

1. Excessive Praising Of The Applicant

2. Avoid unnecessary flattery and exaggeration

9

A Similar Tone Of Narration

1. All The LORs Following A Similar Tone Of Narration

2. It should be apparent that LORs come from different people

10

Authenticity

1. Not Maintaining The Authenticity

2. LOR should be on the letterhead, inside a sealed envelope

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.

– William Faulkner