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):

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