Whom to ask . .
Professionals who have observed you teaching or
Coaches may be able to react to your leadership,
teamwork, and perseverance
Managers who can comment on your ability to work as
a team member
Supervisors who can comment on your attention to
Advisors may have a sense of your maturity, ability
to to accept criticism, academic commitment
Community members who can describe your commitment
and perseverance on projects
Supervisors who can offer reactions about your
Leaders who can discuss your organizational
Professionals who can highlight your scholarship and
Professors who can discuss your reliability,
initiative, and analytical ability
Consider requesting teachers and administrators at a
school or service learning site to observe you/comment on your
How to ask . .
"Would you be able to write a favorable
recommendation in my behalf describing my work noting
_________________________ for a future position in
Provide resume and list of projects and tasks to
help remind recommender of your work together
Note the deadline the recommendation is needed.
Provide a stamped addressed envelope.
Follow-Up . .
Pleasantly check to insure that the reference
was sent on the deadline. Acknowledge their willingness to help