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Writing Strong Letters of Recommendation (LORs) for University Applications: A Comprehensive Guide

Well-framed Letters of Recommendation (LORs) can be the game-changer for individuals applying to educational programs, jobs, or internships. Admissions committees and employers often rely on these letters to gain deeper insights into an applicant’s character, skills, and potential. Conversely, a poorly written LOR would not just be detrimental to the applicant’s prospects, but it will also leave a negative impression of the recommender themselves and at times, the organization they would be representing.  

 

This article is targeted towards both, applicants to study programs as well as recommenders who might actually be writing the Letters of Recommendation for such applicants.   

 

Now we understand that a lot of recommenders may not have the time to draft entire letters (particularly if too many applicants are approaching them), and therefore, they often ask applicants to frame the LORs themselves. Which is why, even applicants seeking recommendations need to be aware about what needs to go into the LOR.   

 

In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to write a powerful and effective LOR that showcases the strengths and qualities of the applicant whose application is being endorsed.

Importance of Letters of Recommendation

A lot of applicants tend to assume that their LORs hold considerably less importance than the SOP. However, that is not true. Letters of Recommendation (LORs) hold significant importance in the application process, serving as a valuable tool to strengthen your candidacy. Understanding the importance of LORs can help you appreciate their impact and effectively leverage them in your applications. The following points sum up the importance of LORs: 

1. Provides a third-party evaluation

A letter of recommendation offers an independent evaluation of your skills, accomplishments, and potential from someone who knows you well and has observed your abilities firsthand. This external perspective carries substantial weight and credibility, as it goes beyond self-assessment and provides an objective assessment of your capabilities. Admissions committees or employers often value the insights and perspectives offered by individuals who have worked closely with you, making LORs a vital component of the evaluation process.

2. Demonstrates your qualifications

A strong letter of recommendation serves as compelling evidence that you possess the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to excel in the opportunity you are applying for. It can help differentiate you from other candidates who may have similar qualifications on paper. LORs provide valuable anecdotes, examples, and specific instances that showcase your capabilities, reinforcing your suitability for the desired position or program. 

Writing Strong Letters of Recommendation (LORs) for University Applications: A Comprehensive Guide

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