Ask someone who knows and likes you!
It is important to ask someone who you have worked with and has a good opinion about you. It is also important that you ask someone you have kept in touch with. Do not ask for a letter of recommendation from someone you haven’t talked to in many years.
Many time you will need about 3 to 5 letters of recommendations. It is important that you ask people from different aspects of your life. Basically, do not ask all three letters of recommendation from professors or all from your employer. If the first one is from your employer, and the second one may be from your professor then the third one may be from someone you had volunteered with to get a glimpse of your overall personality. For examples, you can ask the preceptors, physicians, nurses or other health professionals you have worked with or professional association contacts.
In most cases, the recommendation letters are confidential. However, if the writer is willing to share the letter with the candidate, the letter can be reviewed and edited for any missing points. Also the candidate can prepare for the interview as some questions can be from the letter.
Posted by: Khyati Ganatra, PharmD Candidate 2014
Edited by: Caren Mai, PharmD Candate 2014