Behind the scenes - letters of recommendation

Welcome back EduMagicians, today I have with me Dr. Heather Michelle . We are talking about letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are a must-have for your teaching application. But, how do you go about asking for one and what are they exactly? What should you include in the request? How do you get started with this process?

Who do I ask?

  • mentor teacher

  • professor

  • employer

  • college supervisor

  • Give the person plenty of notice - about one month

  • When asking for the letter include what the job description is all about.

  • Include your resume!

  • Ask for their contact info email address, phone number, or address.

  • Make sure you know how you can contact this person - first name, last name, role, relationships to you, address, phone number, and best email address!

Template for asking for a letter of recommendation

Hello (Dr. Mr. Mrs. Ms. Insert name here)

I hope that this email finds you doing well. Share how you know this person (for example, I was a student in your class during the 2020 school year). I writing to see if you would be willing to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf for a job I am applying for. I am applying for (insert job title here) at (insert location here).

I have attached the job description and my most recent resume to this email.

I hope to have my letters of recommendation submitted by (date here). In addition to submitting your letter of recommendation to the (insert job placement), I also plan to include your letter of recommendation in my digital portfolio as well.

Thank you for your consideration.


Your name

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