Example Letter #1
Over the past few years, I have had the great pleasure to discover (Name of Teenager)'s many potentials and to observe those potentials ripening and thriving in response to the demands of her environment. In school, in work, and in her private life, I have witnessed (Name of Teenager) conquering challenge after challenge, welcoming each experience as a chance to grow and learn, and emerging as the rarest and most motivated of teenagers being resourceful and responsible well beyond her years.
Given these experiences and qualities, it is very clear to me that (Name of Teenager) would do much more than expertly perform the requirements of the (Name of Position) position; she would inevitably also contribute to the energy and growth of the company as a whole. Thus I sincerely hope that you will recognize the rare value of this individual and select (Name of Teenager) for the position of (Name of Position) in your company.
Example Letter #2
I am pleased to write a letter of recommendation for John Doe, a young man whose help I have deeply appreciated for the last four years. During that time John has mowed, edged, and nurtured my lawn (and approximately 10 other lawns in the neighborhood) with unfailing efficiency and punctuality. He was 14 when he started caring for his grandmother's yard next door. It looked so good that I asked him to care for mine, too. One by one he has added most of the yards in the neighborhood to his work list.
He arrives early each Saturday from March to late September and proceeds to edge all of his clients' lawns. He then mows all of the lawns and hauls the clippings away. At each client's home he asks if there are any special instructions for that day. I have asked him to apply fertilizer to my lawn the first of each month and he has faithfully done so. He has been exceptionally considerate of our needs and expectations. If he must change his routine for a particular week, he always tells us well in advance. He is a courteous, reliable young man who works hard. I highly recommend him to any employer. Please call me if you need further information.
Example Letter #3
Jane Doe has asked that I write a letter of recommendation to accompany her application to be a part-time cashier at your store. Jane was 13 when her family moved next door and she began working as our babysitter. We found her to be very pleasant and trustworthy. We always felt secure in leaving our children in her care and the children loved her. We continue to have a close relationship with her and her family.
Jane is an excellent student and is a cheerleader at Springfield High School. From my observations she gets along well with all age groups and has high aspirations for her future. I believe she will work well in any public setting and that she will be an efficient, trustworthy employee. I am happy to recommend her without reservation as a part-time cashier in your Springfield store.
Example Letter #4
We are very happy to write this letter of recommendation for our young friend, Eric Doe. We have known Eric for about two years, and he has worked for us during that time in two capacities: as our paper carrier and as our babysitter.
As a paper carrier, Eric was always punctual and conscientious. I could always count on my paper being delivered at or near a certain time, and when it wasn't there I knew the fault was not with Eric.
Eric is also one of our favorite babysitters and is always our first choice. We know that our daughter (age 9) and our son (age 6) are not only being closely watched and monitored, but are also being entertained. He has our complete trust and confidence, and we know that we will always return home to find the house clean and orderly. If the hour is late, the kids are always in bed, asleep. At all times they are clean, safe, and fed.
Eric is a serious-minded and intelligent young man, but he is also a very pleasant person. He has a quick laugh and a ready smile. He can maintain a conversation with adults and has a winning personality. We give him our highest recommendation. If you have further questions, please call us at 555-5555.
Example Letter #5
Jane Doe, one of my piano students, asked me to write this letter of recommendation to accompany her job application. Jane has been my student for five years and, in that time, I have found her to be punctual, reliable, and very hardworking. She also baby sits my children from time to time and, in this capacity, has proven her integrity. Although Jane is somewhat reserved, she is well-liked by all who know her.
I believe that Jane will do well in whatever she undertakes, so I recommend her without reservation. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call me at 555-5555.
Write Your Letter Step-by-Step
Identify the person you are recommending, and indicate that he or she requested the recommendation.
Discuss your relationship with the individual.
Give reasons why you believe the person would perform well in the job. Provide an abundance of concrete and specific details.
Discuss the youth's personal qualities and aspects of character.
Close with a final endorsement and offer to provide more information or answer specific questions.