Getting up close and personal with someone who could greatly improve my future? [more inside]
What Would You Do When A Professor Tells You to Draft Your Own Recommendation? [more inside]
How should I approach my professors for recommendation/reference letters for a job that doesn't yet exist? [more inside]
I recently sent out several job applications that required letters of recommendation from a professor. The professor's secretary sent me a box of letters that were sealed, mail-merged, and addressed to each recipient, with the intention that I drop the letter inside the application package. (This is standard operating procedure, as far as I know.) I ended up not sending a few applications for which I received letters because the recipients later indicated that no positions were available. The application period is now over and I was not offered a position. I will not reuse these letters in the future. May I ethically open the remaining sealed envelopes and read the letter?