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How to Write Professional and Effective Recommendation Letters

How to Write Professional and Effective Recommendation Letters

A letter of recommendation, also called a recommendation letter, is basically a written document where the author assesses the educational or occupational qualities, personality and experience of an individual in order to provide his recommendation to a recently hired individual for a certain post. In addition to the ability to write well, it should be noted that this letter can have a great impact on the decision to hire an individual for a specific post. In fact, a recent study showed that the influence of a letter of recommendation can increase the applicant's chance of getting hired by employers by almost 20 percent. Moreover, a strong letter of recommendation from an experienced person counts significantly in getting an individual hired quickly.


However, it is important to note that a letter of recommendation is not limited to recommending someone for a specific position or post. It can be used to formally accept an applicant as a good candidate for a specific post in the company, or it can be used to thank a previous employer on his or her performance and commitment to the organization. In fact, it is one of the strongest forms of communication that can be used to attest to the trustworthiness and professionalism of a certain individual. Thus, it is advisable for anyone who wants to send out a letter of recommendation to use some professional advice when writing the letter to ensure that he or she would not make a mistake in his or her decision to hire an applicant. There are some tips that can be followed to ensure that the letter of recommendation would be effective in its purpose:


The most important factor to remember when writing the letter of recommendation is to clearly indicate the reason why the particular candidate deserved to be hired in the first place. This would help the reader understand the importance of hiring the right candidates and what an applicant could contribute to the company. Finally, the letter should include a positive note regarding the candidate's performance. In addition to this, the candidate should be encouraged to further explore his or her options in order to achieve career success.


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