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Section 2.5.6.1

Obtaining Letters of Recommendation

Make your candidacy as strong as possible by carefully solicitingreferences and letters of recommendation. Lettersof recommendation are extremely important in decisions to hire oradmit an individual or to award a scholarship or grant. Consequently, be sure to spend adequate time and effort to ensuretheir effectiveness.

In some cases, you list an individual as a reference, and theorganization or individual considering your application willcontact that person, often only if you are a finalist for theposition. Other situations, however, require a formal letter ofrecommendation from each reference.

General Guidelines for Requesting References or Letters ofRecommendation

In addition, follow these guidelines for obtaining writtenletters of recommendation:

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