A Recommendation Letter is what you use to refer a candidate you know to someone else considering the decision to recruit or accept them. Naturally, you will want to do your best to put this candidate under the best light possible. Recommendation letters are often addressed to companies, schools, or landlords who are offering a position, a seat, or a vacant unit to the candidate. They are written by colleagues, supervisors, mentors, past teachers, or former landlords, as the case may be. This letter is often required during the application process and is meant to dispel doubts, answer foreseen questions, and generally augment the qualifications of the candidate as the right choice of employer, student, or tenant.
Whatever your case may be, if you are asked to write a recommendation letter for someone you know who is moving on to the next step in their lives, these free templates will help you to do it well.
First, consider the person or entity who is requesting the recommendation letter. (Even if they do not officially require the letter, sending one anyway will count as going the extra mile to really make the case for your candidate.)
Depending on the person or institution, they will want the recommendation letter to answer certain questions pertaining to your candidate’s qualification:
Once you have your answers to these questions, all that’s left is to write them into the format you see in these sample letters. Keep in mind the qualifying attributes the requester is asking. An Employee Recommendation Letter will consider things differently from Letters of Recommendation for Internship because the expectations placed on the candidate will vary.
Even when you have answered all these questions, your recommendation letter might fall on deaf ears if you are not careful, or at worse, your own authority will be called into question. Keep these considerations in mind:
To encourage this, a recommendation letter is often required to be sent in a sealed envelope, either directly or through the candidate, who isn’t allowed to read this letter.
These graduate, scholarship, and Job Recommendation Letters are offered for free as Word documents, so you can edit them entirely to fit your needs.