Don’t choose the CEO if you’ve never worked with them. Sure, their title is impressive, but you might get a better recommendation from someone whom you’ve worked closely with.
Give your recommender enough time to process and think about what to write. They might be busy. If you request a recommendation at the last minute, it might be lackluster because they might rush to write it.
Ask if they feel like they know your work well enough to give you a good recommendation.
Give them a description of the scholarship or fellowship that you’re applying to. Highlight anything they should know/write about.
Give them a copy of your resume and transcript. Any extra information that you can provide can help them make your recommendation letter stronger. Also, you can add your goals, interests, or highlights you want to be mentioned.
It might not be just employers. It could be from teachers, someone at a volunteer center, etc.
Tell them when they have to submit a recommendation and where. Give them links to the recommender’s portal. Let them know who they can reach out if they are having technical issues.
If they say send two, don’t send four recommendations. If you feel the need to add an additional recommendation, ask if you can.
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