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Letter of Recommendation Samples

Recommendation Letter Examples and Writing Tips


Review letter of recommendation samples and templates, including letters for employment, academic letters of recommendation and character / personal reference letters. 

There are a variety of  samples including examples of written and email letters of recommendations, plus advice on how to write a recommendation letter.

Letter of Recommendation Samples

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Sample reference and recommendation letters, letter samples for character references, a reference letter template, letters asking for a reference, and how to write a letter of recommendation.

Academic Letters of Recommendation Samples

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 Review academic recommendation letter examples including college and graduate school letters of recommendation, letters for students, letters from teachers, letters for teachers, and other academic letters of recommendation.

Character / Personal Letters of Recommendation Samples

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Looking for your first job? Concerned about the references your employer might give you? Consider using a character reference (personal reference) in addition to or as an alternative to employment reference letters.  Neighbors and acquaintances may be willing to write a reference for you. Business acquaintances, academic advisors, customers, and vendors can all make good references.

Employment Recommendation Letter Samples

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These employment letters of recommendation examples include employee letters, letters from supervisors, recommendation letters for a promotion, letters from previous employers, personal recommendation letters, and other employment-related recommendation letters.

Student Recommendation Letter Examples

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Sample letters of recommendation for students including reference letters, academic references, personal references, letters asking for a reference, and lists of references.

Email Recommendation Example

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References can be provided via email as well as in a formal written letter.  Here's a sample email reference letter.

LinkedIn Recommendations

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To a potential employer, a LinkedIn recommendation is a reference in advance and they add weight to your LinkedIn profile. The best way to get LinkedIn recommendations is to give them. When you recommend a LinkedIn member you are attesting to their qualifications and people love being recommended. They will most likely reciprocate if you take the time to recommend them.

Letter of Recommendation Template

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This recommendation letter template shows the format of a typical letter of recommendation for employment or educational purposes.  Here is a template for a letter of recommendation that can be used to write your own letter of recommendation.


Personal Letter of Recommendation Template

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This recommendation letter template shows the format of a personal letter of recommendation.

How to Write a Letter of Recommendation

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 Have you been asked to write a letter of recommendation? Here's the information you need to write an effective letter, what to include and how to format a letter of recommendation.

More Information on Letters of Recommendation

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What job seekers and employees need to know about references, including information on reference and recommendation letters, sample letters of recommendation and reference lists, how to ask for a reference, how to write a reference, and how to use references. There is also information on what reference checkers can ask about you and what previous employers can disclose.

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