Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are testimonials by professors, past employers or extracurricular group leaders regarding your abilities, skills, and character. It is critical to obtain strong letters of recommendation for any application process.
Employers and graduate schools usually require between 3-5 letters. Some applications will specify who should write them, while others leave this to your discretion. The groundwork for securing good recommendations is ongoing and should start early in your undergraduate career. If you have not developed such relationships or if you are unsure how to start developing these types of relationships, please come talk to the Career Center.
Recommendation Letter Service
The Career Center can hold on to your faculty or employer recommendation letters and assist in getting them sent off as necessary. This is a great option for those students considering graduate school a few years after CC, but smart enough to request letters now while you are fresh in the minds of your professors. Recommendations will be held for 5 years. We prefer your recommender to include a waiver form with each letter, but if not, the Career Center will treat the letter as confidential.
In order to have the contents of your recommendation file sent to an employer or graduate school, you must provide the Career Center with a written request.
Please allow up to three working days to process your request. It is your responsibility to make sure this will meet application deadlines. Call the Career Center if you have any additional questions.
For more in-depth information about Letters of Recommendation, refer to the complete “How to” Guide.