To apply for the GTV successfully, you need to provide at least three letters of recommendation. In reality, it would be better to have four or five letters to make your application stand out. This is an especially important part of the application, as it shows the recognition of you as a high-level specialist, which is the main criterion for selection.
As TechNation puts it, each person should know your work and be a senior member of their organisation. The key is that you don’t have to necessarily ask a CEO or a founder of a company to write you a letter.
The formula is easy: the bigger the company, the lower the rank of the recommender in the company can be.
If you have worked for a big international company, a recommendation from a product designer would be enough. However, when working with smaller companies from your country without any international relations, it is better to approach C-level executives or leading specialists like a Tech Lead or a Senior Technical Specialist. Finally, if you have worked for a startup, you should speak to a founder, a CEO, or an investor.
You cannot ask someone to write or sign a letter if they do not know you personally and/or have not worked with you.
There are some important points to consider while collecting letters of recommendation:
To learn more about how to write the perfect recommendation letter, check our article here.
Getting relevant letters of recommendation is not that hard. The main thing is to find the right person.