If you are applying for a job or a school of higher learning, you will probably need one or more letters of recommendation. Both employers and admissions boards need to know as much as possible about you to determine your ability to perform, and therefore whether your application should be successful. Letters of recommendation provide information from a former employer or a credible associate who knows you well. This external party provides a valuable record of your previous experience, and can testify to your skills and abilities.
An effective letter of recommendation:
- verifies experience;
- confirms competence;
- builds credibility;
- bolsters confidence.
The information contained in a letter of recommendation depends on the type of letter and its intended audience. Information is often different for a letter written for an academic admissions board than one written for a prospective employer.
There is no standard template for a letter of recommendation, as sending standard letters often has a negative effect. Addressees and their requirements are often very specific. Click here for instructions on drafting a Letter of recommendation.