Personal Reference Letters - Writing The Letter

Personal Reference Letters

Do not be surprised if a person you are asking for a recommendation asks you to write a first draft of the letter that he or she will then modify and sign. Begin by providing an accurate assessment of your strengths without dwelling on limitations. Letters of recommendation are intended to be positive and realistic evaluations of performance, competence, and capability. Do not be shy in communicating your strengths.

One of the most important things to remember when creating a letter of recommendation is that it may be kept on file for future reference. Therefore, the letter needs to be factual honest and should omit any negative comments or weaknesses.

These recommendation letter guidelines are important, since writing letters of recommendation is always a somewhat tricky and delicate matter. That's because they almost always affect the reputation and future of the writer or that of another person. Here is a few tips for you to get started.

* The following tips and strategies apply primarily to the writing of letters of recommendation in their various forms.
* There has been a noticeable rise in lawsuits against employers and referral agencies for hiring and referring candidates who were unfit for their jobs and who also harmed innocent third parties. Sometimes, the basis of these negligent hiring and referral lawsuits is that the employer didn't do a complete reference check on the candidate or misrepresented the qualifications and characteristics of the candidate.
* Follow these steps to be fair to everyone involved:
* By adhering to the following tips, you will increase the chances of getting good letters of recommendation and ultimately securing the position you seek.

* By adhering to the following tips, you will increase the chances of getting good letters of recommendation and ultimately securing the position you seek.



There are some reference letter templates on this site, and below is one of them.

To Whom it May Concern:

I highly recommend Name as a candidate for employment. Name was employed by Company as an Administrative Assistant from 2002 - 2005. Name was responsible for office support including word processing, scheduling appointments and creating brochures, newsletters, and other office literature.

I have found Name to be a vivacious, yet gracious individual with a warm smile and a delightful sense of humor and perspective. He is one of those rare individuals that one senses is headed for certain success.

Name is active in various student organizations. She works very well with others probably because she is a sincere and honest person. She is enthusiastic and hard working and is very much respected by the faculty and students alike. She is a mature person who takes her responsibilities seriously.

Name is active in various student organizations. She works very well with others probably because she is a sincere and honest person. She is enthusiastic and hard working and is very much respected by the faculty and students alike. She is a mature person who takes her responsibilities seriously.

In summary, I highly recommend Name for any position or endeavor that she may seek to pursue. She will be a valuable asset for any organization.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Your Name

Personal Reference Letters