Sample Letter of Recommendation from Employer
You have been asked to write a letter on behalf of a student who is
seeking college credit for prior learning. St. Ambrose University is
offering students the opportunity to receive college credit for learning
acquired outside of the classroom setting, on the job, or in life
experience. Your letter will help the student provide evidence that the
learning he or she asserts actually did occur and is worthy of college
credit. These guidelines are intended to help you provide the
verification and evaluation of the student's learning in the best
- Send your written evaluation on letterhead stationery.
- Include a description of your present position and pertinent
- Identify your relationship to the candidate (i.e. supervisor,
manager), the situation in which you observed the individual, and
the dates of the observation.
- State specifically what competence, skills, or knowledge you
have been asked to assess (in most cases, the candidate will inform
you of these in advance).
- Evaluate how well the person performed by using statements such
as average, above average, exceptional, etc.
- Verify that the student held the position and fulfilled the
- Use examples, wherever possible, for the standards you have
used, such as performance at the same level as my other employees
who possess the bachelors degree or performance exceeded all other
volunteers under my supervision who have performed these same or
If you are not sure which skills, knowledge, or competence to assess,
please feel free to ask the student to be more specific. It is
important to know that you are not being asked to make a recommendation;
that is, we are not asking you to make comments on the student's
appearance or deportment, nor are you being asked to make a prediction
of the student's future performance. Rather, you are asked to verify
what the candidate has learned and to evaluate how well he or she knows
or can do what has been asserted.
This information will be public and the candidate will be provided
with a copy. Therefore, your statement will be most helpful both to the
student and to the committee, if it is entirely straightforward. We
wish to thank you in advance for taking time to provide as thoughtful
and candid an assessment as possible.
Sample Letter of
Recommendation B: Employment
The University of North
4567 St. Johns Bluff Road South � Jacksonville, FL 32224
(904) 555-0000 Fax (904) 555-0001
November 19, 2003
Dr. Anita Hiresomeone
Schultz Hall, Room 2121
University of North Florida
4567 St. Johns Bluff Road South
Jacksonville, FL 32224-2645
Dear Dr. Hiresomeone:
It is with great pleasure that
I find myself writing this letter of recommendation for Janie Jobseeker.
Janie is an outstanding employee who on a daily basis goes “above and
beyond” in her administrative support to Student Government and
continuously exceeds the performance standards for her position of
office Manager. Laurel willingly accepts new assignments and offers to
help wherever she can. Student Government is a frenetic environment that
presents many competing demands on the staff there. Mrs. Kendall remains
steadfast in her cheerfulness, calmness, and dependability. She is an
extraordinary employee and a vital member of the team in Student
Government. Laurel has demonstrated excellent managerial and decision
making skills. She is attentive to tasks and works tirelessly to achieve
the goals of the department. She is an extremely positive and dependable
employee, and performs her duties in an extremely timely and
I’ve received many compliments
from the many students that she’s assisted as well as the staff members
who rely on Laurel’s direction. Management and personnel in Academic
Affairs, Enrollment Services, and other departments praise her work.
Laurel is an innovative self-starter, who rarely needs supervision. She
is punctual and typically exceeds expectations. She handles pressure
well, and will voluntarily work overtime and take work home to meet a
Laurel is an invaluable asset
to any department, and I highly recommend hiring her as your new
Associate Director for Student Affairs. If you’d like to discuss her
attributes in more detail, please don’t’ hesitate to contact me.