Mistake #1: Not writing an individualised LOR
Mistake #2: Choosing the wrong referee
GREedge Pro tip: choose professors who have a Ph.D. or a postdoctoral degree. An MPhil is no doubt good, but given how competitive graduate admissions can be, a PhD is a bare minimum.
Mistake #3: Repeating your SOP & Resume
Recommendation letter example:
“To the Admission OfficeI am happy to recommend Mr Jai Shah. He has scored an average CGPA of 3.8 out of 4 and is a gold medalist in mathematics…..”
GREedge Pro tip: Your referee must make a clear note of your preparedness for graduate school and your suitability for any scholarship. Otherwise, there’s hardly any difference between your SOP and your LOR.
Mistake #4: Inability to maintain proper protocol
Mistake #5: Lack of relevant information
Keep a list of backup referees, so if one of your primary referees declines, you have other options. Supply all the information they may need in a neatly typed-out Word document.
Mistake #6: Spelling mistakes
Mistake #7: Politically incorrect language
Mistake #8: The letter is too short
However, a recommendation that is hardly half a page would seem as if it has been forcibly written. A golden rule to keep in mind is that a letter of recommendation should be crisp enough to be captivating for the reader yet long enough to cover the important parts.
Let us consider an example:
There we are! These are the most common LOR mistakes that aspirants tend to commit.
Keeping track of the progress of your LOR and matching it with mistakes now and again will help you ensure you jump the pitfalls that most applicants don’t pay heed to.
Go ahead and check out the experts’ guidelines to craft an admit winning LOR.