Letter of Recommendation Examples and Writing Tips

How to Write a Recommendation Letter With Samples

Do you need to write or request a ​recommendation letter? Here are examples of different types of letters of recommendations, including letters for employment, academic letters of recommendation, and character and personal reference letters, with writing tips and advice.

Whether you're writing or requesting a recommendation letter, the experience can be challenging - use these tips and samples to guide you through the process of getting and giving a reference.

How to Write a Letter of Recommendation

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Have you been asked to write a letter of recommendation? Some employers request a reference letter from job applicants. Here's the information you need to write an effective letter, what to include in each section of the letter, how to format a letter of recommendation, and the best way to send it. More

How to Request a Recommendation

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 Do you need a recommendation for a job or school? In a letter of recommendation, someone who knows you (either personally or professionally) speaks to your positive attributes. Here's information on who and how to ask for a reference, with examples of email messages and letters to use to write your own request. More

Recommendation Letter and Email Examples

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Sample reference and recommendation letters, letter samples for character references, a reference letter template, letters asking for a reference, and how to write a letter of recommendation. More

Academic Letters of Recommendation Samples

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Recommendations from teachers can be used when applying for jobs and internships.  Academic recommendations are also included in college and graduate school applications.  Review academic recommendation letter examples including college recommendation letters, letters for students, letters from teachers, letters for teachers and other academic letters of recommendation.


Character / Personal Letters of Recommendation Samples

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Looking for your first job? Concerned about the references your employer might give you? Consider using a character reference (personal reference) in addition to or as an alternative to employment reference letters.  Neighbors and acquaintances may be willing to write a reference for you. Business acquaintances, academic advisors, customers, and vendors can all make good references. More

Employment Recommendation Letter Samples

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These employment letters of recommendation examples include employee letters, letters from supervisors, recommendation letters for a promotion, letters from previous employers, personal recommendation letters, and other employment-related recommendation letters More

How to Write a Letter of Recommendation for a Co-Worker

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Do you need to write a letter of recommendation for one of your co-workers? Here's what to include in your letter, what to ask your colleague so you can give them the best recommendation, and a sample letter to review to get ideas for your own reference letter. More

Email Recommendation Examples

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References can be provided via email as well as in a formal written letter. Here's a sample email reference letter, which shows how to format an emailed recommendation letter. More

Student Recommendation Letter Examples

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Sample letters of recommendation for students including reference letters, academic references, personal references, letters asking for a reference, and lists of references. More

LinkedIn Recommendations

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To a potential employer, a LinkedIn recommendation is a reference in advance and they add weight to your LinkedIn profile. The best way to get LinkedIn recommendations is to give them. When you recommend a LinkedIn member you are attesting to their qualifications and people love being recommended. They will most likely reciprocate if you take the time to recommend them. More

Letter of Recommendation Template

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This recommendation letter template shows the format of a typical letter of recommendation for employment or educational purposes. Customize the template to write your own formal letter of recommendation. More

Personal Letter of Recommendation Template

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This recommendation letter template shows the format of a personal letter of recommendation. Use it as a starting point for writing your own personal or character reference for someone you are endorsing for a job or school. More

More Information on Letters of Recommendation

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What job seekers and employees need to know about references, including information on reference and recommendation letters, sample letters of recommendation and reference lists, how to ask for a reference, how to write a reference, and how to use references. More