Three letter of recommendation types to know.
Learn more about the most common letter of recommendation types and the easy steps you can take to send words of praise in no time.
At some point in your personal or professional life, someone will almost certainly ask you to write a letter of recommendation on their behalf. At its simplest, this letter is just written documentation that speaks favorably of someone. There are, however, three types that are most commonly used. It’s helpful to be familiar with them so you can provide the best possible recommendation when that time comes.
The most common letter of recommendation types.
When someone asks you for a letter of recommendation, chances are it’s for one of three things. This is helpful information to know so you can tailor it to the needs of the person asking, whether that’s a friend, colleague, student, or employee.
- Academic: Many admissions programs will require students to submit up to three letters of recommendation. This is standard practice for most graduate and doctoral programs, but these letters can also be helpful for general high school or college scholarship applications. Here, you can write about a student’s academic background and any extracurricular activities, internships, and more.
- Employment: This letter attests to an employee or colleague’s skills, accomplishments, and work experience. You may also highlight a person’s admirable business-related traits, such as adaptability, eagerness to learn, or superior team-building skills.
- Character: The final type of recommendation is relatively straightforward — it’s simply a statement about a person’s character and is useful in various situations. Landlords may ask for one, for example, before renting an apartment. Adoption agencies often use them to evaluate potential adoptive parents. They even show up occasionally in court cases.
If you’re someone who finds yourself writing frequent letters of recommendation ― for example, a teacher or an employer ― it may be helpful to create an electronic template to save time. That way, you can skip formatting every time and just focus on personalizing the information that will help the person you’re commending to shine. To finish, simply insert your digital signature and hit send.
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