Southern Charm Tip #71: Always Write a Glowing Letter of Recommendation

March 17, 2013 | By | Comments (1)
Southern Charm Tip #71: Always Write a Glowing Letter of Recommendation

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

If asked to write a sorority reference letter—or any “rec” for that matter—follow these five tips from Pat Grant and Marlea Foster, founders of theBirmingham-based Rushbiddies, a company that helps to prepare college girls for sorority recruitment. (Only in the South….)

Make the connection. Within the first paragraph, clearly explain how you know the candidate.

Keep it short. One page is the ideal length. Remember that selection committees have to sift through piles of letters.

Stay current. While it may be noteworthy that you have known Lily since the day she was born, your examples must reflect her adult character and capabilities.

Think beyond the resume. Include at least one insightful detail that can’t be discerned from the candidate’s resume. After all, the purpose of a rec is to share details that only someone who personally knows the candidate can reveal.

Close it out. Go with “Sincerely,” a courteous salutation that can never steer you wrong.


  1. Marcia A. Daniel

    This is a concise, well written refresher that we should all bookmark and keep within reach.

    March 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

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