So your coworker asked you for a letter of recommendation, but you're not quite sure how to get started writing one.
Here's everything you need to know about writing a letter of recommendation for your colleague, including how to open it, what to put in the letter (and what to leave out), how to format it and how to close the letter.
When a colleague asks you for a letter of recommendation, you might feel obligated to write it. But you don't need to write a letter of recommendation if you don't want to or don't feel that you can.
Here are all the times when you should say yes — and all the times when you can totally say no — to writing a letter of recommendation for a coworker.
You should say yes to writing a letter of recommendation in the following circumstances:
You should say no to writing a letter of recommendation in the following circumstances:
If you do indeed choose to write a letter of recommendation for your coworker, you should keep it short, concise and to the point — you want to say why exactly your coworker is a good fit for this specific job and/or company.
But how do you say that? Here's what to include (and what to leave out) in your letter of recommendation — as well as how to format it.
You should always include a few key elements in your letters of recommendation, such as these:
You don't need to say everything in a letter of recommendation. Here's what you can leave out (and why):
Formatting a letter of recommendation is simple. It should flow well from one section to another. Every letter of recommendation should have five sections like these:
Here are three examples of letters of recommendations for your reference:
AnnaMarie Houlis is a feminist, a freelance journalist and an adventure aficionado with an affinity for impulsive solo travel. She spends her days writing about women’s empowerment from around the world. You can follow her work on her blog, HerReport.org, and follow her journeys on Instagram @her_report, Twitter @herreport and Facebook.
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