Tips for Writing a Letter of Reference
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Writing a letter of recommendation is not a easy task
and must be taken seriously. It can mean the difference between being
hired or being rejected. The following are suggestions on how to be an
Indicate the applicant's name and the position they
are applying for.
Include your affiliation/relationship with the
person. Were you a supervisor? Advisor? Professor?
Describe your qualifications for comparing the
applicant to other applicants.
Discuss how well you know the applicant.
Body of Letter
Direct the body of your letter to the most important
things listed in the job description, graduate application,
Support your comments with examples, quantify your
examples (what resulted from their work), and avoid generalities.
Concentrate on several aspects of the person.
Specifically identify his/her skills, attitudes, professional
attributes and growth, as well as his/her contributions to and
performance within your organization. GIVE EXAMPLES OF THEIR
Keep it concise. The people who receive these
letters most likely have a number to review.
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