Blog Follower "Natalie Johnson’s" LORs
Here are the Letters of Recommendations “Natalie” submitted with her application. She was a civilian select for a 2016 rated board.
Here is the email she sent me:
“The attachment has 3 of my LOR’s, but I submitted four with my application. I tried to show variety in my LOR’s and chose each one with a specific purpose.
- LOR from school, written by my advisor – to show my ability to learn
- LOR from nonprofit that I volunteered for, written by the president of the board – to show my ability to lead and desire to volunteer
- LOR from work, written by my boss and direct supervisor (not included in attachment) – to show my work ethic
- LOR from a personal friend – for character
When submitting them I ordered them from strongest to weakest. I asked 3 people from work, 1 professor from college, 2 people from the nonprofit that I volunteered with, and 3 personal friends. Then I chose the best in each category. It really helped having extra to choose from. Some people who I thought would write me awesome letters just weren’t good writers. I wouldn’t normally recommend using a personal LOR. I only submitted mine because my friend is serving in the AF in the position that I applied for. While the other two LOR from personal friends weren’t really usable; it was fun to read them, they enjoyed writing them, and they are real confidence boosters!
When asking for LOR’s I asked in person or over the phone. Then I emailed the basic requirements that my recruiter gave me: signed in ink, dates, on official letterhead, 3-5 paragraphs, and no more than one page. I asked way in advance and put the deadline a few weeks before I needed them.”