How to write a Reference Letter

How to write a Reference Letter

It is important to know how to write a Reference Letter, because almost everyone is asked to provide a reference at some time during their career.

Whether it’s for an employee, a friend, or someone you’ve worked with, it is important to be prepared to write an effective letter of recommendation.

How to Write a Reference Letter?

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If you’re not sure what to write in your reference letter, ask the person for a copy of their resume and a list of accomplishments. This will give you guidelines to use when composing a letter.

What to Include in a Reference Letter

First Paragraph

The first paragraph of the reference letter explains your connection to the person you are recommending, including how you know them, and why you are qualified to write a reference letter to recommend employment or graduate school.

Second Paragraph

The second paragraph of the reference letter contains specific information on the person you are writing about, including why they are qualified, what they can contribute, and why you are providing a reference letter. If necessary, use more than one paragraph to provide details.

Third Paragraph

When writing a specific letter referring a candidate for a particular job opening, the reference letter will include information on how the person’s skills match the position they are applying for. Ask for a copy of the job posting and a copy of the person’s resume so you can target your reference letter accordingly.


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