How to Write a Recommendation for a Friend

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A recommendation letter is a letter in which someone describes that another person is competent. The letter is often written by an employer or supervisor for an employee. When an employee leaves employment, it is possible that a recommendation is requested, or you can choose to provide a recommendation as standard. View below the 4 different recommendation letters for inspiration.

Tips for writing a good recommendation letter

  • Start the letter with an introduction. Here you introduce yourself and indicate who the person is for whom you write the recommendation. It's important for a recommendation that it's clear how well you know the person and what the relationship between you is (has been).
  • Use the standard layout and structure of a business letter. In the first paragraph you give the introduction, followed by a deepening, a more detailed description of the qualities of the person for whom you are writing the recommendation. Here is a brief explanation of the relevant interpretation of the work and performance. This is followed by the positive recommendation and conclusion.
  • A letter of recommendation is meant to be positive. In case you have not been satisfied with the employee's commitment, you can choose to leave the letter fairly neutral. In any case, it's not intended that the letter be negative. Provide honest, genuine, positive content. Not sure whether you should mention something in the letter or not? Then check whether what is relevant and whether it's positive.
  • Ensure correct construction and correct spelling. Check the letter before you send it. You can have it checked by someone else. Before you send it.

Example recommendation letter for a friend

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Subject: Employee letter of recommendation

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Dear Mrs. Mark,

I write to you about Sara Element. I have known Sara personally for over ten years and have always known her as an organized and responsible person. I believe that her skills and experience make her an excellent candidate for office manager in your organization.

When I met Sara, she had just left a board position in a busy fashion house, where she was responsible for accounting, answering phones, and making appointments. She was so proud of her work there and even developed strategies to make her accounting clearer and more efficient.

At the time I know her, Sara is active in our community, working in the Library Board and the Historical Society. She has played many responsible roles in both organizations; her contributions include acting as the Secretary of the Library Board and leading the Annual Fund Drive of the Historical Society. She achieved multiple successes in both positions. As head of the Fund Drive of the Historical Society, for example, she helped raise 28% more money than the year before. Much of this had to do with her success in collecting and organizing dozens of volunteers. Her passion, combined with her organization, makes her an asset to any organization.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail.


John Smith

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