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Sincerely yours,
A Few Tips on How to Write a Letter of Recommendation
First Paragraph -- Start out by specifying in what capacity and for how long you have know the person
whom you are recommending. If the person is an employee or coworker, indicate the term of employment,
the responsibilities of the position, and any significant projects undertaken by the individual. You may wish
to include a sentence about the nature of your company and its activities. Here, you can also give a one-
sentence summary or overview of your opinion of the recommended individual.
Second Paragraph -- In the next paragraph provide a more detailed evaluation of the person as an
employee. Describe his or her performance on specific assignments and list any important
accomplishments. What are the individual's strengths or shortcomings in the workplace What was it like
to interact with him or her
Third Paragraph -- To sum things up you can make a more broad characterization of the individual and
his or her demeanor. Overall, was the person responsible, polite, warm, disagreeable, lazy, spiteful Finally,
indicate the degree to which you recommend the individual for the position she or he is seeking: without
reservation, strongly, with some reservation, or not at all.
Concentrate on several different aspects of the person. Specifically identify his/her skills, attitudes,
personal attributes, and growth, as well as his/her contributions to and performance within your
organization. Also, if you do make negative comments, back them up with facts.
Avoid bland words such as:
nice, good, fairly, reasonable, decent, satisfactory
Use powerful words such as:
articulate, effective, sophisticated, intelligent, observant, significant, expressive, creative, efficient,
cooperative, imaginative, assertive, dependable, mature, innovative
1. The following list of attributes (compiled by the National Association of Colleges and Employers)
is often listed by employers as tools on which to base eventual selection. So, these are excellent
points to address:
o ability to communicate
o intelligence
o self-confidence
o willingness to accept responsibility
o initiative
o leadership
o energy level
o imagination
o flexibility
o interpersonal skills
o self-knowledge
o ability to handle conflict
o goal achievement
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