Recommendation letters are normally required to be submitted by almost all applicants at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral level. Recommendations play a key role within the decision-making process. An applicant might complete his application carefully, could have done his statement of purpose/essays well, but if the recommenders do not provide a good insight on the applicant, it is most likely that he or she would be rejected for admission into good universities throughout the world.
Hence, a strong and appropriate recommendation by the right people makes or breaks an applicant.
It is important not to seek a recommendation from the head of institution in such cases since the head may not be aware of applicant who is one among several hundred/thousand students of his college/university. Please ask your recommender to include his/her contact details (email, phone and mailing address) within the recommendation itself. Some universities might verify if the recommendations are truly made.
Ensure that the recommendations are placed in envelopes, sealed properly and signed by the recommender. Also, it would be appropriate to indicate the name of the Department and the University for whom the recommendation. has been prepared.