How to Write the Perfect Recommendation Letter

Larry Barkdull
Award-Winning, Nationally Recognized Writer

This article discusses three considerations for a recommendation letter:

  1. Requesting a Recommendation Letter
  2. Agreeing to write a Recommendation Letter
  3. How to write a Recommendation Letter

Requesting a Recommendation Letter

Before you get started, here are some things to keep in mind:

Agreeing to write a Recommendation Letter

Are you the right person to write a letter of recommendation? If you are asked to write such a letter, you need to discuss this subject honestly with the requester. A letter of recommendation is most effective when it is written by a person who knows the requester or his/her reputation. Do you qualify? Another consideration is your integrity-can you honestly write positive things about the requester? If not, you need to bow out gracefully without hurting feelings. On the other hand, if you qualify, you should brainstorm with the requester to write what he or she wishes to be said, and be sensitive to deadlines.

How to write a Recommendation Letter

Here are some easy guidelines (not necessarily in order):

Still can't find the right words for your recommendation letter?

4,001 Business, Sales & Personal Letters

You will with our 500 letter-writing tutorials!

  1. Find the recommendation letter that fits your needs and copy it directly into Microsoft Word or your favorite word processor.
  2. Or let our 500 letter-writing tutorials guide you step-by-step through the writing process, suggesting sample phrases and sentences for each writing step. In minutes, you can write an effective recommendation letter.
  3. Print your recommendation letter and send it!

Try our letter-template software risk free when you buy at

If after 30 days you are not satisfied, return it for a full refund



Easy Letters

$19.99 / Download


3,001 Business & Sales Letters

3,001 Business & Sales Letters

$29.99 / Download


1 $19.99 value free with purchase of our software for Windows (not Macintosh)

2 Free with purchase of our software for Windows (not Macintosh)