Use the Career Development Center’s Reference File Service! Its easy.
If you’ve gotten a recommendation from a professor or employer, and you want to hang onto a copy for further use down the road, but you don’t want to keep asking the same people over and over, here’s what you do:
1. Go to the CDC website.
2. Click on the sidebar link that says “Letter of Recommendation Service”.
3. Create an account.
4. Print out the forms entitled “Request for Letter of Reference”.
5. Send this form to each recommender whose letter you’d like a copy of with a request that they send it to the CDC office. Offer to deliver it yourself or provide a stamped and addressed envelope if the recommender is not local.
6. Voila! Check your account online to see if all of your letters have arrived, and be sure to read the policies on mailing and billing.
Why this is helpful: many years from now, you may want to use a letter of reference that you recieve this year–unfortunately, the recommender may no longer have a copy of it at that time! If it’s a confidential letter of reference, this is a great way for you to have access to it without having to repeatedly enlist your recommender for help.