Letter of Recommendation for Employment

A well written recommendation letter can help a job candidate get the job they are applying for.

If the letter is being sent as a hard copy, then it should be in the proper business format, otherwise, if the letter is being emailed, it should have an appropriate subject line and proper grammar.

How to Write
  1. Tell them who you are and your relationship with the candidate.
  2. Tell them about the strengths of the candidate and give examples.
  3. Offer them your contact info, in case they have follow up questions.
  4. Thank them for their time.


Sample Letter

Letter of Recommendation for Employment
Dear Sir or Madam:

I am writing to recommend [Name of Applicant]. For the past [Number of Years] years, [Name of Applicant - From this point forward, only use the applicants first name] has served as a dedicated staff member to [Organization name]. [Name of Applicant] will be a great addition to your team because she always goes the extra mile, is creative, and understands how to reach deadlines and brainstorm exciting projects.

In all of the time I have known [Name of Applicant], she has proven herself to be a hard worker. For example, when we challenged our staff to develop a list of new projects, [Name of Applicant] not only came up with in-office projects and Internet initiatives but also broke down such ideas into a detailed plan. She really understands how to make good use of the latest technology and marketing techniques. To have such a creative and focused employee is a dream.

Hiring [Name of Applicant] is a smart decision that you will not regret. [Name of Applicant] is a hard worker, loyal, and always goes above and beyond the call of duty. I cannot think of a better fit for this position. If you have any further questions, feel free to call or email me. I would be glad to talk about [Name of Applicant]. Thank you for your time.



[Your Name]
[Your Title]

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