LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

Company, Program, Graduate School, Scholarship 

In order for Professor Saunders to agree to write a letter of recommendation, she requires the following answers and documents. Please read through all the questions first and determine what you feel is most relevant for her to know based on if you are applying for advanced study or a job. 

  • Please provide your high school, college, and graduate school GPA (out of 4.0) and attach copies of your unofficial transcripts, if applicable
  • If any of your GPA's are below 3.0, briefly explain why
  • Attach an updated resume (include: jobs, internships, volunteer, awards, sports, clubs, associations, travel, languages, technology)  
  • Provide any relevant social media profiles (LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Recommendation Due Date(s) 
  • Program(s), School Start Date
  • Name of Degree Program and School to be applied (s)  plus location 
  • Why are you applying to that specific school(s) program, company, or institution?
  • Why are you applying to earn that specific degree(s) or participate in that particular program? 
  • Why are you applying now?
  • Do you feel you have enough career experience for this program(s) / institution?  
  • What do you want to do with this advanced degree after graduation and after participating in this program?
  • How many alumni (or current/past employees) have you interviewed from the school(s) / program? What have they said which convinced you to apply? 
  • What qualifications did the admissions officer(s) or human resources/employees/website say they are looking for in their candidates?
  • What 3 key characteristics or traits did the website or recruiter say they look for in a candidate (provide the web link)? Please include a link to the program or company you plan to apply.  
  • Have you attended an open house at the school(s)/program? Have you sat in a class or attended a webinar for your target program? Have you signed up for a virtual open house? 
  • What class did you take with Professor Saunders (Name / Number)? Which semester/year?  Or what workshop did you attend? 
  • What final letter grade did you earn in her class? Or what comment did she make about you after the workshop? 
  • What assignment(s) in her class helped you prepare for this advanced degree? Or what advice has she given you that has helped you throughout your career? 
  • What two (2) key takeaways did you learn from her class or workshop that is applicable to where you are applying?
  • Which one or two assignments do you recall was your most influential assignment in her class or workshop and why? 
  • Why do you think she is qualified to write you a letter?
  • Please confirm that you have made a note in your email calendar 60-days from today to let her know how things turned out. 

 
Once these answers have been received by email, Professor Saunders will reply within 1-2 weeks to confirm with a yes or a no.


Thank you,

Natascha F. Saunders, MBA, MS, CPCC

Ed.D. Candidate in Communication & Organizational Leadership

NataschaSaunders@gmail.com


List of affiliated schools:

Northeastern University 

University of Rhode Island 

Trinity Washington University

Johnson & Wales University 

Howard University 

Harvard University 

Cambridge College

Boston University 

Fisher College


REFERENCE


In order for Professor Saunders to agree to serve as a verbal reference, she requires the following answers and documents. Please read through all the questions first and determine what you feel is most relevant for her to know based on what you are asking. 

  • Attach an updated resume and cover letter used to apply for the position 
  • Include a list of who your other references will be and how they know you
  • Job description, Company website, Location of position 
  • How many informational meetings/coffee chats have you had at this place of employment 
  • Why do you think Professor Saunders can speak on your behalf? 
  • What three examples can Professor Saunders share about you that she personally knows during her appointment with your potential employee? 
  • What are your career goals once you land that position? 
  • What are your two areas of development / weaknesses? 
  • ​Please confirm that you have made a note in your email calendar 90 days from today to let her know how things turned out. 

 
Once these answers have been received by email, Professor Saunders will reply within 1-2 weeks to confirm with a yes or a no.


Thank you,

Natascha F. Saunders

NataschaSaunders@gmail.com 


REFERRAL


In order for Professor Saunders to agree to refer you in any capacity, she requires the following answers and documents. Please read through all the questions first and determine what you feel is most relevant for her to know based on what you are asking. 

  • How many informational interviews have you conducted within the organization to which you want the contact? 
  • When has she observed your work ethic, leadership skills, character, and reputation? Please provide 2 or 3 examples she can speak to.
  • Please provide any type of recommendation, LinkedIn testimonials, etc. that speak to who you are? 
  • Why should she refer you? 
  • In thinking of LinkedIn - she assumes you have taken the time to type in the name of the organization and department you want to work in and you are reaching out to her because you specifically found someone that she knows and that person is her 1st tier contact. Therefore, please include the name(s) of the person(s) you've found on LinkedIn that Professor Saunders knows and who you want her to make an introduction.
  • Please also include why you want to meet with this person. What do you have in common? Or what interests you? What do you have to offer? 
  • ​Please confirm that you have made a note in your email calendar 30 days from today to let me know how things turned out. 
  • Please be sure you provide her a mini note that she can copy, and paste into the body of the email to the person you want to meet. 

 
Once these answers have been received by email, Professor Saunders will reply within 48 hours to confirm with a yes or a no.


Thank you,

Natascha F. Saunders

NataschaSaunders@gmail.com 


Natascha F. Saunders