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If you have no choice, is it acceptable to translate a recommendation letter for yourself?

Inspired by the question Is it acceptable to write a reference letter for yourself? I have a related but somewhat different question: Given no choice, is it acceptable to write a recommendation ...
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How widespread is the practice of delegating LoR writing to the applicant?

At least two questions (1, 2) on this site indicate that in more than a few isolated cases at least, letters of recommendation are in fact written by the applicant and only signed off (or perhaps ...
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What is the purpose of letter of recommendation?

I have completed 2.5 postdocs in the US. In all of my applications plus a Green Card application, letters of recommendation were a great deal. In all cases (overall, about 10 letters signed by ...
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Professor told me up front that she normally doesn't write letters for students who haven't done as much work with her

I asked a professor for a letter of recommendation for graduate programs and she mentioned that she normally doesn't write letters for people who haven't done research with her. I took advanced ...
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Can I call a professor to ask for a letter of recommendation if I can't show up in person?

I am applying for a PhD. There is a professor at my undergraduate institution I would like to ask for a LOR. I emailed him, but after a full week he has not replied. From this I can infer that either ...
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It is ethical and common that a professor ask the student to write their own recommendation letter? [duplicate]

I am in a unique situation. My supervisor and two other professors I approached for recommendation letter have asked me to write the my own recommendation letter and they will sign it. Is it ethical ...
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Trouble with getting PhD recommendations - almost 60% turnover in faculty

I just want to find out if this is normal, and see if anyone has any advice. I recently decided to apply for a PhD program, and have been trying to get letters of recommendation. I first went with ...
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How to ensure that a reference letter is sent on time if not knowing the reliability of a referee?

It has happened to me the second time that I was turned down by a referee (different one) not taking his responsibility seriously. Of course, I let each of them know about my application and the ...
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My ex employer wants me to draft my own reference letter to the MSc program, is it unethical? [duplicate]

I submitted my application for a MSc program and one of my referees was declined this week by the department. Because this was so sudden from the department and I had to find someone who is willing to ...
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How to draft a recommendation letter for myself after professor asked me to do so [duplicate]

I asked a professor I have been working for about a year to write a recommendation letter for graduate school. She agreed but says she usually ask students to write for themselves and she will do some ...
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boss asked me to draft them a letter of rec? [duplicate]

A while ago I asked my boss to write me a letter for a specific school, and he responded asking me if I could draft it, and he showed me the edits and final draft before sending it out. Now I asked ...
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Is it common practice to a write recommendation letter for oneself and let the professor sign it? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student at a Chinese university. Recently I asked for recommendation letters from two professors at my university, one Chinese and the other American, in order to apply for a ...
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Asked to write a Letter of Recommendation about myself [duplicate]

I am a student applying to a graduate program. Part of the application requires submitting some letters of recommendation. I asked a former professor whose class I enjoyed, but she surprisingly asked ...
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All three of my professors asked me to write the first draft of my Letter of Recommendation. [duplicate]

I just finished writing for one of them but I still have two more to write. Though my interactions with all three of them have been on different occasions, there are still limited things I can write ...
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What to do when an advisor asks you to draft your recommendation? [duplicate]

A friend of mine is applying to graduate schools, and his research advisor asked him to write the recommendation and he would sign it as his own. It doesn't seem possible for my friend to write a ...

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