Sample Letters of Recommendation for Employment
To Whom it May
It is with great pleasure that I write this
recommendation for John Q. Doe.
Mr. Doe was a student in my class, POLS
4435: Comparative Foreign Policy, during the Spring semester of 2000.
This course is an advanced course in international affairs,
designed to encourage students to think about foreign policymaking
within a variety of countries systematically, logically, and coherently.
Over the course
of the semester, I had ample opportunity to assess Mr. Doe’s
intellectual abilities. In class, he always had
intelligent, thought-provoking comments and presented them in clear,
precise form. Not only were his observations always
analytically sound, but they contributed greatly to the class discussion
in so far as they provoked further reflection upon topics that needed to
be emphasized. Not only was his class participation
superb, but he received excellent marks on all of his assignments.
His term paper expertly analyzed the institutions of Russian
foreign policymaking in the context of NATO involvement in Kosovo.
He received an “A” on this paper, an “A” for class participation,
and “A’s” on both in-class exams. Overall, he ranked
in the top 5% of this class.
As you can see, Mr. Doe’s performance in
this course was outstanding. He is an
extremely promising student – highly motivated,
persistent, and intelligent. It has
been a joy and a privilege to have him in my class.
Mr. Doe’s personal
qualities match his intellectual qualities. I have
found John to possess all of the qualities required to excel in
virtually any environment – maturity, seriousness,
impeccable respect for fellow students, dedication,
and a positive outlook. Most
importantly, I believe Mr. Doe to be an individual of
impeccable integrity – highly suited to a position of leadership and
responsibility in our country.
It is obvious to me
that John will make an excellent student of law. I
believe that Mr. Doe will be a tremendous asset to your
institution and to the legal profession in general.
I highly recommend him for just such
P. Moran, Ph.D.
Sample Letter Of
Recommendation A: Employment
National Standards University
123 United Blvd.
Anytown, Florida, 32265
(904) 234-1234 Fax (904) 234-5432
July 24, 2003
Dr. Ellen D. Jones
Director of Career Services
University of North America
123 Apple Tree Lane
Collegetown, North Carolina 22334
Dear Dr. Jones:
I am delighted to write a
letter of recommendation on behalf of Florence Nightingale. I have known
Florence for more than four years. She first came to me as a work study
student to organize our year long career panel series while I was still
Assistant Director at National Standards University (NSU). I would have
to say Florence was one of the most thoughtful, thorough, and
independent program planners that we had had at NSU. She encouraged us
to pay special attention to such issues as minority representation as
well as to produce a balanced and interesting set of events.
In 1999, when I took over the
position of Director of Career Planning and Placement for the All
American University, I had no professional staff to help me in the
rather large task of offering direct services to 1000 students and
several hundred active alumni/ae. The first student counselor I hired
did not work out, and I immediately thought of Florence. Although she
already had a heavy work schedule at NSU in addition to being a
full-student, she accepted the position here to handle a full range of
professional responsibilities, including career counseling, workshop
leadership, and materials design. In these and in all of her endeavors,
Florence has demonstrated creativity, adaptability, and abundant
enthusiasm. I must say I would have had great difficulty “surviving” my
first year on this job without Florence’s help and support.
Individual and small-group
work with students and alumni enabled Florence to enhance her counseling
skills. Her administrative capabilities have grown, too, as she has
sought new responsibilities and assumed new projects. Her contributions
to staff development and her suggestions relating to programming have
As a colleague, Florence is
very enjoyable. She establishes rapport easily with all clients and
fellow workers. She has succeeded in creating enthusiasm among all who
work alongside her. Her sense of humor and easy-going personality have
been much appreciated.
Florence has also been
involved in the organization, “American School Women” and has
single-handedly kept the organization alive through a series of
well-planned programs. She is currently planning a panel of discussion
on “Women in Educational Leadership.”
Florence Nightingale is an
extremely capable professional who is ready to assume managerial and
supervisory responsibilities. She has my strongest recommendation. If
you wish to know more about this competent and energetic individual, do
not hesitate to contact me at (617-495-3427).