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The Recommendation Letter. Writing for success. Getting Started. Know the purpose of the letter You should actually know the individual Be honest – don’t fabricate anything You are endorsing someone so don’t oversell the person if you feel he or she is unqualified

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The recommendation letter

The Recommendation Letter

Writing for success


Getting started

Getting Started

  • Know the purpose of the letter

  • You should actually know the individual

  • Be honest – don’t fabricate anything

    • You are endorsing someone so don’t oversell the person if you feel he or she is unqualified

  • You should include three main components

    • How you know the individual

    • Evaluation of the individual

    • Summary explaining why you would recommend the individual and to what degree


How you know the individual

How you know the individual

  • Discuss how well you know the individual

  • How long have you known the individual?

  • In what capacity have you known this person?


Evaluation of the individual

Evaluation of the individual

  • What are the individual’s skills / accomplishments?

  • Offer specific examples to illustrate the individual qualities

  • Potential areas to discuss

    • Potential

    • Skills / Abilities / Strengths

    • Dependability

    • Consistence

    • Character

    • Contributions (to school or community)

    • Accomplishments


Why you ultimately recommend

Why you ultimately recommend

  • Why are you making this recommendation?

  • To what degree are you making the recommendation?

    • Is the person fit to be a CEO?

    • Is the person going to be successful in college?


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