How to Ask for Letters

The professors in the Psychology Department are sincerely interested in helping you advance your career. One of the ways we can do that is by writing accurate and persuasive letters of recommendation for employment and graduate school. We can help you best if you help us by providing useful information in a timely way. Few students have any experience in asking for letters of recommendation (.pdf) and they are likely to have trouble putting themselves in the shoes of their professors. The purpose of this guide is to help you ask for letters in ways that will maximize the quality of the letters that are sent and reduce any frustration or misunderstanding in the process. Please note that some faculty members may have their own set of instructions or guidelines in addition to, or slightly different from, this document.