When a job description or school application asks for a reference letter, it can be intimidating. Asking people you admire and respect for a favor can be daunting. But don’t let that stop you from trying your best. Think back on the relationships you built with your professors, employers, and mentors. Which ones really got to know you and your potential?
If you’re in college and looking for reference letters, I would suggest you ask professors who like you, give you good grades, and take the time to get to know you. Also try research advisors, people you volunteer for, or employers who like you.
You should consider getting recommendations from people whose occupation focus matches that of the program you want to enter. Also, keep it professional. You don't want letters from your relatives or friends. Take the time to form a relationship with the people who have the same focus as you.
Before you ask, make sure you’ve read the requirements of the job description or program application. Does it ask for a recommendation from a specific type of professor, or specifically ask for an employer?
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