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7 December 2019


To Whom It May Concern,

During the three years I have known the candidate through my role as at I have witnessed him display exceptional organisational ability.

For example, the candidate's organisational ability made it possible for.

I am confident that the candidate's attitude and skills would make him a valuable contributor to any organisation. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any additional questions you may have.

Sincerely,


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Letter of Recommendation Information

Alternate Names:

A Letter of Recommendation is also known as a/an:

  • Reference Letter
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Professional Reference Letter
  • Personal Reference Letter
  • Academic Reference Letter
  • Character Reference
  • Statement of Service

What is a Letter of Recommendation?

A Letter of Recommendation, or a reference letter, is a document that details someone's attitude, skills, accomplishments, ethics, and/or values in a professional, personal, or academic capacity. Typically, candidates use this letter when applying for new employment or educational opportunities.

It can also be used in any situation that may require a background check, such as in a character reference for a Rental Application.

Who can use a Letter of Recommendation?

You can use this document to give or receive a reference.

For example, if you are applying for new employment, you can ask a previous employer to give you a written recommendation using LawDepot's Letter of Recommendation template.

Alternatively, if someone has asked you to give them a personal, academic, or professional reference, you can use LawDepot's Letter of Recommendation template to create it.

What are the different types of Recommendation Letters?

The three most common types of recommendation letters include personal, professional, and academic.

A personal reference, sometimes called a character reference, describes a person's lifestyle, morals, values, and personality traits. A personal reference would work well with a Rental Application.

A professional reference, also known as an employer reference, describes a person's qualifications, skills, and work ethic. It's typically used for job applications.

An academic reference, or a school/college reference, describes a person's academic aptitude, knowledge and career goals. Some schools, courses, scholarships and grants require an academic reference along with an application.

How to write a Letter of Recommendation

When writing a reference letter for a former employee, co-worker, student, or acquaintance, remember that it should be simple, to the point, and no more than a page long.

Every Letter of Recommendation should include the following information:

  • How you know the person and how long you have known them for
  • What you think the person's strongest attribute is (include examples that demonstrate this)
  • Your contact information

If the letter is being written for a specific purpose, include only relevant information.

For example, if you are writing a reference for a job application, highlight the specific skills that make the candidate suitable for the job.

If writing for a postgraduate course, expand on the candidate's academic successes.

If it's a character reference, include evidence of ethical behaviour and the ability to distinguish right from wrong.

Who to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation

A personal reference comes from someone who knows the candidate casually or personally. This person could be anyone with a thorough understanding of the candidate's personality, such as a friend, coach, or fellow volunteer.

It is recommended that you do not use a personal reference from anyone who could be considered biased, such as a family member.

A professional reference comes from someone who knows the candidate from a workplace setting. This person could be anyone who can confirm the candidate's work ethic and successes, such as a former employer, co-worker, or client.

An academic reference comes from someone who knows the candidate from school. This person could be anyone who is familiar with the candidate's work within a particular field of study, such as a professor, course advisor, or mentor.

How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation

When requesting a reference, be sure to include some information about the nature of the application, why you are interested in the position, and why you think you are a good fit for the role. By doing this, you can guide the referrer to include only the best and most relevant information in the Letter of Recommendation.

Related Documents:

  • Cover Letter: A letter to introduce your skills and experience to potential employers of a position you are applying for
  • Employee Evaluation: A letter that allows an employer to analyse an employee's job performance and suggest areas for improvement
  • Reference List: A list of personal and work contacts who can verify your information to a potential employer
  • Resume Builder: A tool that generates a custom, formatted resume based on the information you enter about your past work experience, skills, education, volunteer experience, interests, and more
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