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Recommendation Writing Strategies

Posted on Apr 21, 2016

writingAt ReachIvy, we understand that your decision to earn an Ivy League degree is a life changing experience, and one that will involve tremendous amount of effort, time and energy to get accepted.
Whether you are applying to Harvard or Stanford, a critical component of your application package is the recommendations. Schools are eager to know how individuals who have known you personally or professionally speak about your personality, work ethics, experience, discipline and intellect. A strong letter of recommendation provides insights that cannot be deciphered by simply reviewing an applicant’s scores and resume. Letters help in illustrating the qualities of an applicant in depth with specific examples. The admissions committee can understand your work responsibilities and your position within a company. They also serve as a proof in giving the committee an important perspective about your potential and credentials. Therefore, choosing the right advisor is absolutely mandatory.

Top 5 tips for your letters of recommendation:
1) Choose colleagues, supervisors or professors who have known you for an extended time period.
2) Do not force-fit a CEO or a famous alumnus from the school who barely knows you and met you once at a party! It is more important that the recommender you choose knows you intimately.
3) Make sure that the recommenders reconfirm what you have been writing about in your application.
4) Ask the recommenders to validate their points with specific examples.
5) Do not write your own recommendation letter. The Admissions Board can quickly identify such a letter because they read several recommendations each year.

Dawna Clarke, director of admissions at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business says, “I really rely on the recommendation because I see it as an objective form of information. I don’t have a problem with a student sitting down and talking to a recommender, but I am trying to wrap my head around the authenticity of the recommendations.”

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