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Examples of Good Stories from Letters of Intent

Once, I read a letter of intent from an applicant which was filled with personal, but relevant, stories.  It created a compelling narrative which I believe made them a great applicant. That, right there, is a narrative story.  It relates an event on a personal level, rather than just relating the facts.  Another way to

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The 8 Steps of Writing an Application Letter

I’ve written a lot about the ideas you should express in letters of application, and even some specific suggestions on what to include.  We’ve talked about what not to do and what goals you should have, but one of my editors suggested I write an actual nuts-and-bolts how-to style post about writing an application letter,

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Internship Letters of Recommendation Flowchart

Last week we did a whole series on letters of recommendation. One of the most complex is for those applying for internships. Therefore, I created a (relatively simple) flowchart to help you decide what letters of recommendation you should get for internship applications.   Core disciplines are internal medicine, surgery, and emergency/critical care. Ancillary disciplines

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Choosing Letters of Recommendation for a Faculty Position

Aim for zero. Seriously. The faculty selection process is largely based on the interview. All of your written materials are designed with only one goal: to get you an interview. Once you interview, all of your written materials will be of minimal value, unless those materials “ding” you. Therefore, your strategy is simple: aim for

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Choosing Letters of Recommendation for a Residency

The letters of recommendation for a residency is key. These people will hopefully not only write you a letter but advocate for you in the residency selection process. Fortunately, the strategy for this letter is simpler than the strategy for letters of recommendation for an internship. I really have only two guidelines: 1) All of

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Choosing Letters of Recommendation for an Internship

You want to get a great internship and you need letters of recommendation. Hopefully, you have followed the advice already given to let potential letter writers know of your interest and asked them ahead of time. In addition to strategizing your clinic rotation selection, you need to strategize who should write you letters of recommendation.

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Choosing Letters of Recommendation as an Undergrad

So you’re planning to apply to vet school and need letters of recommendation. These should be easy to ask for, but who to ask? There’s no one-size-fits-all rule for this, so let’s look at the options. 1) A vet with whom you have worked. This is probably at a private practice clinic in your hometown

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Recommendation Letters Series

Asking for letters of recommendation is hard, which we have discussed before. In addition, from whom should you get letters of recommendation? This differs depending on what position you are applying for, I have create four separate posts for each of my audiences: Those applying for vet school. Those applying for internships. Those applying for

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How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation

You would think this would be simple.  You need a letter of recommendation. You contact someone you think could write one for you.  You ask them to do so. Job done, right? For some reason, I continue to encounter students who do not do a good job with this step. Those students need help, and

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Creating Compelling Residency Application Letters

Competition for residencies is fierce. So many variables are out of your control- do they have a candidate in mind already? Do they know your mentors and references? Do they have some crazy GPA/Class Rank cutoff? Fortunately, one of the things in your control is your letter of intent. You need to make it excellent.

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