posted this on August 29, 2012 10:10 am
What is electronic letterhead? How is it used?
As a best practice, we recommend that you include letterhead on every recommendation that you provide. Letterhead not only verifies your institution or employer affiliation to the reader, but also presents a polished, professional letter on behalf of the person you're recommending.
Electronic letterhead is often designed by and available through an institution's IT department and usually includes an institution logo and institution contact information, similar to paper letterhead. You can obtain electronic letterhead in the form of a word processing template in which you can copy and paste your letter. If you have any trouble combining your electronic letterhead with your letter, a member of our support team is always happy to help.
Can I use my department's letterhead?
Yes, either institutional letterhead or departmental letterhead is generally acceptable by admissions offices and hiring committees.
If you cannot access official electronic letterhead, be sure to type your name, title and contact information onto the top of your letter so the those who read the letter will have some information about its author.
Is Electronic Letterhead a Requirement for Uploaded Letters?
Interfolio does not require letters be written on letterhead. However, we know from our experience working with admissions offices and hiring committees that letters on letterhead are preferred. For specific requirements, check with member for whom you are writing your letter.