Philip Guo (Phil Guo, Philip J. Guo, Philip Jia Guo, pgbovine)

My Policy on Letters of Recommendation

If you would like me to write a letter of recommendation for you, please give me at least one month of advanced notice with all of the relevant materials to compose your letter.

In my naive early years, I mistakenly accepted a few letter writing requests with less than a month of notice, since I wanted to be nice. However, I've always done a sub-par job in those cases. I hate writing sub-par letters, but without enough advanced notice, that's what inevitably ends up happening.

Also, don't take it personally if I turn down a letter request. I hate writing generic letters, since they don't benefit you at all. If anything, a generic letter probably hurts your chances. In general, I won't write a letter if:

  • you simply did well in one of my classes (unless you were undisputedly the top student)
  • we've never worked together on anything
  • I don't have anything substantive to say beyond what your resume already covers