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  • Presenters: Kim Wilson, Career Center Natalia Dyba, Merit Scholarships Wednesday, October 30, 3:30-5:00pm UW1-103 UW BOTHELL OFFICE OF MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS AND THE CAREER CENTER UW1-161 | meritscholarships@uwb.edu | 425.352.3185
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  • Overview of letters of recommendation Good vs. great letters of recommendation Tips for getting great letters Advice from faculty panel Q&A
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  • What purpose do letters of recommendation serve? Types of recommendations Foundation = relationships built over time
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  • Review the good and outstanding letters. Discuss: What makes the outstanding letter more effective?
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  • Indicate strong academic performance List positive qualities of applicant Make general recommendations Demonstrate that the writer knows the student well Indicate understanding of the letters purpose Give specific examples of the student skills and experiences relevant to the opportunity
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  • Network to build strong relationships Pick the most strategic recommenders: o Academic vs. professional references o Alignment with program/scholarship goals Give advance notice
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  • Whats wrong with this email?
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  • When making a letter of recommendation request, include: 1. Description of program/job/scholarship 2. Exact wording of what should be covered in the letter -> skills, qualifications and accomplishments to be highlighted 3. List of specific, relevant experience: class projects, research, papers and grades for faculty; responsibilities and accomplishments for supervisors 4. Resume, cover letter or personal statement used to apply 5. Deadline and specific submission instructions 6. Name and address of letter recipient
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  • Communicate via one email trail Be timely and responsive to additional information requests from your reference Show thanks! Keep in touch
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  • Susan Gibson, Business Kim Wilson, IAS
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