I've graduated for a year from nursing school. I am planning on asking for LOR from few of my past clinical instructor I had anywhere from 1 - 3 years ago. I plan on using the LOR to bring with me to job interviews. Though I haven't been keeping in touch with them, I think they'll remember me when they see me. I was an A student, hard working, quiet in clinical but they always had good impression & final eval for me.
I was wondering if I should drop by in their office hour, or just ask it via email? would it be too blunt to just visit them? I'm sure they'd be happy to see me, but I mean the asking for LOR part.. would they find it annoying?
If email - how and what should I write the email? since it's been a long time since we last talked.
and is 4 - 6 weeks enough time for writing a good LOR - I'm not in a hurry of getting them, just thought it'd be helpful to have with during interview.
Jun 15, '12
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
Moved to our Nursing Career Advice
Great advice on WHO to ask and HOW to ask: Asking for a Letter of Recommendation
Asking Individuals to Help
The people you want to write letters on your behalf will be both eager to help and flattered. If you get a less than enthusiastic reaction to your request for help, then you're not asking the right person. How you ask a person to write a letter is a matter of personal comfort. With that in mind, it is easier for someone to say "no thanks" in less personal settings.
The three most common approaches, in order of effectiveness are:
- Face-to-Face Meeting: It's very difficult for people to say "no" if you're standing in front of them. Meetings are a very effective means of gaining support, but they can also be seen as "pressuring" people into agreement.
- Telephone Calls: Picking up the phone and calling someone is less formal than a meeting, and more personal than an email. You're not putting anyone "on the spot" while at the same time you're making sure they receive your request.
- Emails: While emails make it easier to organize your thoughts and stay on point, it's easier for the recipient to ignore the email or even pretend it was never received; especially if they're busy.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jun 15, '12