Step 1: Choose the right people
Ask 2-3 people to provide you with a letter of recommendation/reference
Choose a person that knows you well
Someone who can describe your skills, accomplishment and personality
Step 2: Think about content of the letter
Make it easy for the person to write a litter for you
Tell them exactly what type of skills and experiences you would like them to highlight about you.
Make sure that the skills and experiences you choose to highlight match the qualifications of the job you are applying for.
Provide examples of the work you have done together and the outcomes to refresh their memory.
Step 3: Make the Ask
Send an email to the person and specify:
Why you are reaching out to them
Remind them about the work you have done together (school, work or professional club/ association related)
Provide a timeline for the recommendation letter to be completed
Make the timeline realistic so that the person who is writing the letter has enough time to complete it