Letter of Recommendation

Letter Of Recommendation

July 30th, 2019

A letter of recommendation is a letter where the author details and vouches for the capabilities, character traits, and overall quality of the person being recommended. This can be from a professional, employment, academic, or personal perspective.

These letters are also called a reference letter, recommendation letter, letter of reference, or just reference. They are most commonly used in the hiring process as part of the employment verification step where they are called an employment reference or job reference.

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3 Perfect Letter of Recommendation Templates:

1. Basic letter of recommendation.

[Today’s Date]

Dear [Mr./Mrs./Ms./To Whom it May Concern],

I am writing to recommend [full name of person you’re recommending] for [what you’re recommending them for].

I have known [person you’re recommending] since [date] as [capacity in which you’ve known the person, i.e. “good friend,” “co-worker,” etc.].

I have always known [person you’re recommending] to be [qualities the person has, such as “honest,” “loyal,” “hard-working”].

Based on our experience together, I can confidently recommend [person you’re recommending] for [thing you’re recommending them for].

Sincerely,

[Your Name + Signature]

Here’s the secret about letters of recommendation. No one wants it to be long and complicated. The last thing anyone wants is a multi-page letter. The person receiving the letter is busy too, and chances are the letter is a formality. They just need to be sure that you really recommend the person, and that you’re in a position to provide a strong recommendation.

2. Personal or character letter of recommendation.

Dear [Mr./Mrs./Ms./To Whom it May Concern],

I am writing to recommend [full name of person you’re recommending] for [thing you’re recommending them for].

I have known [person you’re recommending] for [number months or years] as a [friend, coach, neighbor, etc].

From my experience, [person you’re recommending] is [qualities the person has, such as “honest,” “kind,” easy to work with,” etc].

One example of [his/her] character is when [he/she] was [something specific he/she did that showed character].

Based on our experience together, I can confidently recommend [person you’re recommending] for [thing you’re recommending the person for].

Sincerely,

[Your Name + Signature]

3. Academic letter of recommendation.

[Today’s Date]

Dear [Mr./Mrs./Ms./To Whom it May Concern],

I am writing to recommend [full name of student you’re recommending] for [thing you’re recommending them for].

I have known [Person you’re recommending] for [number of semesters, months or years]. [He/She] has been a student in my [list classes of your student has taken] classes. We’ve also worked on [any other projects you’ve worked on together].

I have always known [person you’re recommending] to be [qualities the student has, such as “a dedicated student,” “hard-working”].

I was especially impressed with [his/her] work on [specific task or project performed] where [he/she] was able to [something specific he/she accomplished].

Based on our experience together, I can confidently recommend [student you’re recommending] for [thing you’re recommending the student for].

Sincerely,

[Your Name + Signature]

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FAQs:

How To Write A Letter Of Recommendation

How do I write a letter of recommendation?

  • State that you’re offering your recommendation.
  • State what you’re recommending the person for.
  • State the nature of your relationship (supervisor, teacher, etc).
  • State the length of time you have known this person.
  • List a description of the traits that make the person recommendable.

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How do I write a recommendation letter for myself?

  • Create an outline of your letter by listing all of your strengths, abilities and skills.
  • Write in the voice of your recommender.
  • State the purpose of the letter and the relationship with your reference at the start.
  • Highlight all of your relevant skills and make use of metrics to back up your accomplishments.

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How do I write a personal recommendation letter?

  1. Always start with the date.
  2. State who you are recommending and what you are recommending them for.
  3. Describe how long you know the person and in what capacity.
  4. State their best qualities.
  5. Give details about the person's character, morals, and values.

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What is the format for a letter of recommendation?

  1. Date.
  2. Dear Sir/Madam.
  3. State who you are recommending and for what.
  4. Describe the capacity in which you know them.
  5. List their most applicable qualities/traits.
  6. Conclude by confidently recommending them.
  7. Yours sincerely.

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How do you address a letter of recommendation?

  • Write your address in the top right section of the letter, followed by a spelled out date.
  • Under the address, on the left side of the page, write the recipient's name and address.

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How do you sign off a letter of recommendation?

Start your closing state with "In conclusion," or "In summary," before going to give your full backing for the person you are recommending. Finally, sign off with "Yours sincerely."

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Does a letter of recommendation need a date?

Yes, the date should always be the first line in your reference letter.

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What should a grad school letter of recommendation include?

  1. Start by stating the name of the student and the institution they are being recommended for.
  2. Describe how you know the student, how long you know them, how many semesters you've taught them, and the name of those classes.
  3. List the qualities that make them a great student.
  4. Describe work they did in your class that impressed you.
  5. Describe how, based on your experience working with them, you are confident that they will succeed in graduate school.

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Any advice on how to request for a letter of recommendation?

  1. Give them plenty of notice that you’ll need a letter.
  2. Ask for the recommendation by phone or in person.
  3. Provide information to help them, such as dates you worked with them.
  4. If it needs to be mailed, provide stamped and addressed envelopes.
  5. Be very clear about what the letter is for and who they should address it to etc.

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What kind of information should be included in a recommendation letter?

  • An explanation of how you know the person who the letter is being written for.
  • An evaluation of his or her character. Usually, character and skills are evaluated by sharing information about your professional or personal relationship with the person.

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How do I end a personal reference letter?

At the end of the letter, you should clearly state whether or not you would recommend the person in question for the position that they are seeking. Your recommendation (positive or negative) should reflect what you have said about the person in the main text of your letter.

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