Thanking Your Recommenders (Plus a Free Sample!)

Your recommenders have done you a big favor, and they deserve to be rewarded! I’m sure you’ve already verbally thanked them again and again, but how about something more tangible? If you win a gigantic scholarship with their help, you darn well better take them all out for a nice dinner! But in less extreme circumstances, a sincere note of thanks or a Blockbuster gift card will do the trick. A really fun idea for teachers is to have a Thank You pizza delivered to their classrooms in the middle of the school day. Just wait until those recommendation letters are sent out before you disrupt their lessons!

Properly thanking the people who have gone out of their way to assist you is not only polite, but it also fosters goodwill should you ever need to ask these individuals for further recommendations or favors.

Speaking of thank you’s — here’s one from me to you, for being such a loyal reader and dedicated C Student. This very flattering (and honest!) recommendation letter was written by my high school television production teacher:

    To Whom It May Concern:

    If you desire enthusiasm, dedication, and diligence, then you cannot overlook Felecia Hatcher’s application. In the four years that I have had the privilege to teach Felecia, I have watched her constantly strive to be a superior student. These qualities, combined with her strong sense of leadership, make Felecia an invaluable asset to TV Production.

   To begin, Felecia doesn’t settle for meeting minimum class requirements. Instead, she goes out of her way to cover additional school and community events to broadcast on our daily show. Felecia sees how this extra effort reflects in a better end result, the show. Her leadership skills are commendable as well.  Felecia is currently producing our morning show which places her in charge of her peers. I know the respect that Felecia’s peers bestow upon her is a direct result of her ability to communicate positively and to not expect anything of her staff that she wouldn’t be willing to do herself.

    I am honored to share with you the qualities that make Felecia such an outstanding candidate. I recommend her without reservation, knowing she will only enhance your program.

   (Teacher’s Signature Here)

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