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Requesting Letters of Recommendation Through Interfolio

posted this on June 06, 2013 03:15 PM

In addition to uploading your own documents, you can request letters of recommendation from your letter writers directly through your Interfolio account. When you send a new request, your letter writer will receive instructions (via email or a printed form, whichever you prefer) with all the information they need to upload or mail their letter to Interfolio. (What is the Interfolio Letter Writer Account?)

Note: If you have a copy of your recommendation, it can be uploaded as the document type “Other Document”.

To request a new letter of recommendation:

    1. Click the Request Recommendation button on your Documents page.
    2. Fill out all required fields (see below) about your recommender.
    3. Use the checkboxes to designate
      1. Whether your letter requires the author’s signature
      2. Whether you’re choosing to retain or waive your rights of access to the letter. If you need confidential letters of recommendation, this box should always be checked.
    4. Click Continue when you’re finished.
    5. You have two options for requesting your letter. Select Email if you want the request to be emailed to your recommender.
        • Enter the email address of your letter writer.
        • You’ll have the option to include your CV and other supporting documents
        • You can also let your writer know if this is a general recommendation or needs to be tailored for a specific opportunity 

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Select Printed Form if you’d like to provide a hard copy request to your writer. (Friendly tip: If you’d like to send the request as an attachment to a personal email, and not via Interfolio, you can save the printed form as a PDF and include with a personal note to your writer directly from your email address.) 

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Give your request one more glance (remember, you cannot edit a request after we email your letter writer) and click Send Request when you're finished! That’s it! On the screen you should see a confirmation message showing your email was sent or the option print the form. Your Documents page should now display your newly made request as a pending document, with the status Not Received. Dossier Glossary of Terms

Note: Occasionally, these letter requests will go to your recommender’s spam folder. If you need to resend your request, click the Resend button next to this request on your Documents page.

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