Make a list of people who know you well and can speak to your character and work ethic. This could be a teacher, your high school guidance counselor, or one of your college faculty members. If you’re looking for a recommendation to include with a job application, ask one of your former managers or supervisors.
While your friends and family members may have a lot of good things to say about you, their words won’t mean as much to the admissions officer or hiring manager who reviews your application. Try to request letters from people who can give an unbiased view of who you are and how well you can follow directions and stay on top of tasks.
Try to come up with at least three or more possible letter writers. Not everyone you reach out to will have time to write a letter of recommendation, so you should plan to ask multiple people to make sure at least one or two accept your request.
Requesting a letter of recommendation can feel like a daunting process. But with the right preparation and organization, you can receive a letter that could change the course of your academic or professional career.