Recommendation Letter Samples - The Basics

Recommendation Letter Samples

Until the early eighties, employment references worked and served their purpose relatively well. They tended to be very candid and were sometimes too honest. However, in recent years, faculty, administrators, and employers do not tend to provide frank information about their former students and employees, either verbally or in writing.

Writing a reference letter for a friend, employee or student can be a daunting task. You want the letter to help them in their pursuits, but you don't want it to sound so gushy that it appears as if they've paid you to write it. Take your time, review sample reference letters and make sure your letter is balanced and fair.

Follow these steps to be fair to everyone involved:

* A reference letter verifies experience, confirms competence, builds credibility and bolsters confidence.
* Ensure that the document is well written with correct spelling and proper grammar.
Keep in mind that the document is of great importance. Key decisions would be based on it.
* List your strengths, talents, and abilities. These may include diligence, punctuality, leadership, reliability, enthusiasm, creativity, independence, teamwork, organization, etc.
* Choose several of your qualities and strengths that match the current situation; do not list everything you have ever done.


Sample Reference Letter

I have known Name in a variety of capacities for many years. He has been my daughter's riding instructor for the past several years. In addition, he is my partner in a small business where she is responsible for writing and editing articles and website content.

I have known Name for over a year and have been very impressed by her intelligence and enthusiasm. She is a very bright individual who strives for excellence in all he does. He is articulate, and displays the ability to think clearly and creatively on his feet. He is very motivated and approaches work in a conscientious and hard-working manner. He has a sincere desire to continue his education and has the intelligence and motivation to perform at a high level.

I have known Name for over a year and have been very impressed by her intelligence and enthusiasm. She is a very bright individual who strives for excellence in all he does. He is articulate, and displays the ability to think clearly and creatively on his feet. He is very motivated and approaches work in a conscientious and hard-working manner. He has a sincere desire to continue his education and has the intelligence and motivation to perform at a high level.

She has also been my riding student, and assisted me with the many tasks required to run a thorough bred breeding facility. She has spent several summers working on the farm, as well as time during school vacations, after school, and weekends.

Few predictions can be made with absolute assuredness. In this instance, I am absolutely certain that your choice of Name as your clerk will be a decision you will long cherish having made.

Recommendation Letter Samples