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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The Recommendation Process

Who should I list as my recommenders?

Recommenders should be individuals who have supervised your work or have been in a position to guide or evaluate your work within the past 3-5 years. Examples include: managers, supervisors, professors, advisers, or coaches. Review our guide to learn more.

If you are a student, we recommend selecting recommenders who can speak to different aspects of your work. For example, you might choose the first recommender from an academic setting and the second recommender from a job or extracurricular activity.

If you are a professional, we recommend selecting your current manager, if possible. If that is not feasible, then we recommend selecting a relatively recent manager as a recommender. For the second recommender, you might select a previous manager from the same organization, a manager from another organization, or someone from one of the other categories. If you work in a school, we recommend asking a principal or assistant principal who is familiar with your work.

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