How to Write A Recommendation Letter

Before writing the letter: In most cases, agree to write a letter of recommendation only if you can honestly write a supportive letter. If you cannot portray an individual positively, decline to write the recommendation. Recommendation latter template Ask for a current resume and as complete a description as possible of the position or program to which the person is applying.
Assemble and review all other relevant information you may have about the person you are recommending. It is often easy to overlook some important accomplishment.

Recommendation latter template


Writing the letter: Present the person truthfully but positively. A recommendation that paints an unrealistic picture of a candidate  Recommendation latter may be discounted. A recommendation that focuses on negative qualities may do more harm than intended.
Tailor the recommendation to the position. A letter recommending an individual for a job as a camp counselor should contain different information from that in a letter recommending the same individual for a job as a computer programmer.
Begin the letter by describing how you Letter of Recommendation know the individual you are recommending and the specific contexts upon which you are basing your evaluation. In what situations have you known the individual? For how long? How closely?Present the individual’s general qualities relevant to the position along with one or two detailed examples. Including vivid detail will make the recommendation much more effective.

Free Latter Of Recommendation 

In most cases, a letter of recommendation should consist of three or four paragraphs and not be over one page in length Here is a real example of a letter of recommendation that I received for a PhD applicant. An eminent faculty member first sent a content-free recommendation letter, so I asked for more information. Free Recommendation latter

This was the response. You can see that this letter, though positive on its face, violates nearly every rule about writing a recommendation letter. It saddens me that lack of thoughtfulness on the part of the adviser meant that we had to reject the student’s application (though it’s possible that the adviser truly thought the student was unworthy and was signaling this obliquely via the letter)..


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