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Sample How to write a Reference Letter

by emily on April 5, 2012


Recommendation Letters

A recommendation letter or reference letter is written to confirm an individual’s skills, characters and accomplishments for different purposes. Recommendation letter is also written in favor of a business.


Types of Recommendation Letter – Educational Reference letter, Character reference letter and Job Reference letter.


1. Educational Reference Letter – An academic reference letter is required to get admission into a college or university. It is also written for scholarships. Many times, numeric scores alone cannot guarantee the admission. In fact, institutes simply use the grades for the screening process to cut down the number of applicants. In such a situation, an academic reference letter is extremely important for students.

2. Character Reference Letter – A well written character reference letter can help you for many different purposes. You may require this letter for academic admissions, a job, and an adoption, child custody, a membership in a club or association or to rent a house etc-etc. This letter highlights your personal traits and strengthens your application for all these purposes.

3. Job Reference Letter – Getting a job is not easy; no matter how talented you are as the competition is really tough. Today, Apart from a Resume and cover letter, it is also required to get an ‘Employment/Job reference letter’ to secure a job. This type of recommendation letter is usually written by the immediate senior person in a company.


How to write a Recommendation Letter

It is required to write such a letter on company or school/college letter-head mentioning designation of the writer.

When it comes to writing a recommendation letter, the first thing that comes here is that one should have known the concerned person for a reasonable time for referring or recommending them for any purpose. The writer should mention the duration they know the person for and how well they know the person.

A reference letter should state the credibility of the writer in the very beginning of a letter. In the start of a letter, the writer should state the relationship between them and the concerned person. Recommendation letters are written by people who are your immediate contact points in your educational institute, employment or other association. In many cases, recommendation letters can also be written by any person who knows you for a long time. For instance, your close neighbor may be asked to provide a reference/recommendation letter if you want to adopt a child.

After the introduction, the writer should emphasize on the attributes of the concerned person. The letter should have brief information about the accomplishments of the concerned person. Apart from professional or academic achievements, a letter should also state the personal traits of a person. It should mentioned specific examples that highlight the personal traits of a person. A ‘Character reference letter’ is a good example in which the main focus is on the personal qualities.

An important part of recommendation letter – the weaknesses. People get confused that whether to mention the weaknesses of a person or not. Well, the result depends on the addressee; a person may get impressed with the honesty shown in the letter, while some other person may take it seriously and decide against the concerned person. It all depends on the specific situation you are writing a letter for, so there is no ‘perfect answer’ to this concern.

While writing this type of letter, a writer should take enough time to choose words carefully and not make any mistake. Always provide your writer with the necessary documents that generally include –

  • Copy of your academic transcript – a photocopy is fine
  • Copy of your Resume informing everything about you
  • Copy of documents like experience certificates etc.
  • Any forms required to be submitted along with the letter


A recommendation letter should include the contact details of the writer. A cover letter works well along with a letter.

It is advised to sit & talk with the writer before a letter is written. A writer may miss something important in the letter that you specifically wanted in it. Provide all the information to the writer like the position you are applying for and your future goals etc.

The end part of a recommendation letter should repeat the recommendation for the person.

Following these guidelines ensures a great recommendation letter and serves your purpose.


Note – If the first person who is supposed to write a letter for you is not confident about writing an impressive letter, then it is better to seek an alternative as presenting a mild letter that competes with many other attractive letters can sometimes decrease your approval chances.

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Sample Student Recommendation Letter

by emily on April 5, 2012

Mr. James Freeman
The Principal
Maryland University
Maryland – 41565

March 12, 2012

Subject:  – Recommendation letter for ‘Lillian Lopez’.


It is a great pleasure to recommend Ms. Lillian Lopez for higher studies in your prestigious university.

I know this intelligent girl for the past three years. She performed outstandingly in all her academic terms in our college. Lillian wants to pursue ‘Doctoral Studies’ through your institution.

I know the qualities of this student. I was her professor in the department of English at ‘Thomas Jeffrey College’. I rarely come across students of this kind of level. She completed her Masters from our college and she was ranked 2nd in her class. 

Apart from academics, she possesses many other great qualities that make her a good person. She is very friendly and would always help & support her friends with all academic and personal problems. She is a self-motivated student who knows what she wants from life.

Lillian is very enthusiastic in group discussions and has won many awards for projects. She participated in all school competitions and state level competitions, and excelled.

So, I recommend Ms. Lillian Lopez for admission in your Doctorate program. I can assure you that she will add value to your University.

Thanks for your consideration.


Brent Powell

(H.O.D – English)

Thomas Jeffrey College

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Sample Sorority Recommendation Letter

by emily on April 5, 2012


Vincent Lee
Member, Morgan State University
Baltimore, Maryland

Mr. Floyd Young
Alpha Nu Recruitment Officer
Morgan State University
Baltimore, Maryland

March 14, 2012


Dear Mr. Young,

This is in reference to the recommendation of student Alicia Ray for admission in the Morgan State University chapter of Alpha.

I am a member of the University chapter and, I refer her as a new member in the group as I know her for the past three years.

Alicia is a sincere, dedicated and smart girl who has been involved in all kinds of activities in her school. She also volunteers for the community service.

She was the captain of soccer team in her school and, she also headed the student welfare association for two years. She won many awards during her school years.

She had many friends and has a pleasing personality. Alicia is perfectly suitable for Alpha Nu membership.

I recommend her to be part of this great family as I am sure she will add value to our group.


With Best Regards,
Vincent Lee

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Sample Recommendation Letter From Employer Letter

by emily on April 4, 2012


Mr. Drake Books
McCord Sales
Tucson, AR – 52412

Dr. Brian Stewart
The Principal
O’Hara University,
Tucson, AR – 42254

March 14, 2012


Dear Mr. Stewart,

I am writing in to refer ‘Paul Weinstein’, an employee of our college to your post graduate program.

Paul is an intelligent person. He works as a supervisor in our company. He is very ambitious and has high goals for his future. He is a quick learner and highly creative person. He has impressed me at many occasions and has proved his worth in this organization. I am really satisfied with his performance and confident that he will succeed in his future.

He has good knowledge about many subjects and he is always trying to expand his knowledge and improve his skills.

He is very supportive and helps all his fellow workers. He is of good conduct.

Yours is a prestigious university and Paul wants to complete his post graduation from your institute to add value to his resume.

So, I request his admission in your university. I am sure that Paul Weinstein will benefit from your institute and will also give back to it in one or more aspects. Please consider his admission.
Thanking you.


Mr. Drake Books

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Sample Good Letter of Recommendation Letter

by emily on April 4, 2012

Recommendation Letter

Having a well written recommendation letter in your hands strengthens your application for a number of purposes. A recommendation letter increases your chances of approval and serves your purpose. This letter should be written by a person who knows you for a considerable time.

Recommendation letters are for different purposes and hence, people on different designations may be requested to write a letter.

For instance, if you want to get a job, then you would have to get your reference letter written by the immediate senior in your office. The person would highlight the professional accomplishments achieved by you during your tenure in the company. When you leave a company, request your supervisor to provide you with the letter.

And, if you need to get admission in a college or university, then an academic reference letter should be written by your teacher or professor. This letter is also issued for scholarships. This type of letter states your academic achievements and highlights your qualities, learning abilities and scores. For this type of letter, it is good to request your teacher/professor to provide you with the letter one month in advance.

Also, a character reference letter is required for different purposes like adoption, association membership etc-etc.

When you approach the person who will write the letter, you should provide all the necessary information with copies of certificates & documents which are to be submitted along with the application.

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Sample University Application Letter

by emily on December 28, 2011


Olive Green,

279 Park Lane


June 03, 2011


University of Florida,


Dear Sir/Madam,

Sub- Application for the entrance in three year graduation course

I would like to make application for the entrance in three year graduation course of your esteemed university. I have appeared for the entrance test of your university and cleared the eligibility cut-off. I have completed my high school fruitfully from Florida Public School this year.

I am attaching a duly filled submission form along with this letter which can also be used for the admission process. Also please find the enclosed copies of essential documents as required at the time of admission.

I can also provide recommendation letters from known professors of your university, if required. I hope that I will be given due consideration for my application and would get admission in my dream university.

I would be grateful for your prompt reply.

Thanking You,

Yours sincerely,

Olive Green

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Sample College application letter

by emily on December 27, 2011


Dean- Admissions

Global School of Languages,

Florida State University,


March 30, 2010

Dear Sir/Ma’am,

I am a Spanish graduate from your well-regarded university. I further wish to expand my learning knowledge here and therefore would also like to pursue a Master’s Degree from your university.

Please find the enclosed application form along with the copies of my mark sheets of my semester exams. Also copies certificates of participation in extra-curricular activities are enclosed. I am also including a letter of recommendation from my professors with it.

I would be grateful if I could be considered for any kind of financial assistance or scholarship which would help me immensely in the completion of the course. I sincerely thank you for your time and kind consideration. I will get in touch with you within a week to know the status of my application form.

Thanking you,


Jacqueline Adams


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Sample Recommendation Admission Letter

by emily on December 22, 2011


Mr. Philip Steve
Quebec High School
Montreal, QC

September 20, 2011

Ms. Rose Brosnan
Director of Admissions
Canada University
1449 Directors Ave.
Montreal, QC, H3A 1T4


Dear Ms. Brosnan,

I am writing this recommendation letter for Ms. Miranda Hathaway. She has been a hard working student in the Arts section at Quebec High School for four years. Miranda has been a meritorious student with exceptional grades throughout these four years.


Among her many other activities Miranda possess superior inter-personal skills and leadership quality. She excelled in a number of fund-raising projects at the school including a Charity dance competition that raised over $6000 for the cancer patients. She is equally active in Sports and dramatics.


She is a fond student of her teachers and is popular amongst peers and her juniors, who she helped out sail in their first year of high school.
Miranda has a keen interest in world affairs and has traveled extensively across the world. She intends to pursue an Honors degree in Political Science.

I believe that Miranda Hathaway has tremendous potential as a student in your esteemed university and I feel quite confident that she would be an asset to both student life and academics at Canada University.

Yours truly,

Philip Steve


Quebec High School

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Sample Graduate School Admission Letter

by emily on December 22, 2011


Mr. Vikas Gandhi

12, Timber Ave

New Delhi



Mr. Prakash Goenka

Admission Officer

Delhi University

New Delhi


Dear Mr. Goenka

It is with great pleasure that I submit my application letter for a graduation degree in Photography & Mass Communication in your esteemed university. I have cleared my high school in Commerce with excellent grades from the renowned Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj.


I have a keen interest in wildlife photography and have completed an internship under the eminent photographer Mr. Atul Kasbekar for two months during my summer vacations. Please find the attached recommendation letter from him.


I am also attaching my performance reports during my high school and various certificates that I was given for my several achievements.


Enclosed is the duly filled admission form with two passport size photographs as asked in the college website. I see Delhi University as a wonderful next step for me in attaining my ambitions. Please let me know if there is anything else that I need to provide with.


I look forward to hearing from you.


Thank you,



Vikas Gandhi

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Sample College Admissions Recommendation Letter

by emily on December 20, 2011


Mr. Louis,


St. Marks Degree College,



Mr. John,


Ohio Institute of Higher Studies,


Dear Mr. John,

I, Louis Williams, Principal of St. Marks Degree College, am very pleased to recommend Martha Holden for admission to your university program. As her guidance counselor for three years I have watched this young woman develop both academically and personally into a mature individual ready in every way for her college years.

Martha has been a bright and energetic girl and her grades have been consistently excellent. She has also actively participated in extra curricular activities and brought laurels to the college. Martha has superior interpersonal skills and works equally well independently or in a group setting.

I believe that Martha Holden has tremendous potential as a student and I feel quite confident that she would be an asset to both student life and academics at the esteemed Ohio Institute of Higher Studies.

Yours sincerely,

Louis Williams

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