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Recommendation letter

A letter of recommendation, or reference letter, is a written letter describing the skills and work experience of a candidate relevant to the position for which the person is applying.

When a candidate applies for a job, he (or she) will need to send one or more reference letters to support his (or her) application. Typically, these letters are written by current or former employers, but can also be written by supervisors, co-workers, and other business professionals who have firsthand knowledge of the candidate's skills. 

Recommendation letter format

The letter of recommendation should include the following topics:

  • A brief introduction, candidate's experience, personal history and a final statement;
  • The name, position and contact of the employer, supervisor, co-workers or other professional and relationship with the applicant;
  • An overview of candidate skills, personal traits, and job-related traits;
  • A statement about why the recommended candidate would be a good option for the new job.

Letter of recommendation template

There are several reference letter formats, but all are similar. Take a look at the example below.

To Whom it May Concern:

It is my pleasure to strongly recommend (candidate name) for (position title) with (company name).

My name is (reference person name), (reference person position) at (reference person company). 

(Candidate name) was employed by (company name) as (position title) from (period of time). (Candidate name) was responsible for (job description)

During our time together, (candidate name) displayed great talents in (skills, traits, experiences)

(A short text about the time the reference person and candidate worked together and why it was a positive experience.)

I am absolutely confident that (candidate name) would be a great fit for your (company). Not only will he (or she) bring the kind of skills and experiences you’re looking for in an applicant, he (or she) will quickly become an asset and help your (company) grow.

If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at (contact Information)

Sincerely,

(Reference person signature and date)

If you have any questions regarding your letters of recommendation, CV, job opportunities, etc, feel free to contact us.

Posted on 16 July 2019
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