When asking for a letter of recommendation, there are some facts that should be given along with the request. First is to remind the recommender how you know each other and what activities such as projects and or presentations you did together.
Make sure to provide an updated version of your CV/resume, which includes your awards received and current projects. Also include the list of names, addresses and deadlines for each job, residency or scholarship you are applying for.
Always give a deadline. Make sure you set the deadline one week earlier than the actual one. This gives the recommender some time in case they forget and gives you some time to follow up with them.
Provide detail information of the criteria for the scholarship, job or residency so that the recommender can include them into the letter.
Last but not the least, list out some of your qualities you would like to have in the letter with some detailed examples. This gives your recommender some ideas and facilitates them to get the letter started.
Edited by: Khyati Ganatra, PharmD Candidate 2014