Letter(s) of Recommendation

What is a Letter of Recommendation?

A recommendation letter or letter of recommendation, also known as a letter of reference, reference letter or simply reference, is a document in which the writer assesses the qualities, characteristics, and capabilities of the person being recommended in terms of that individual’s ability to perform a particular task or function. Letters of recommendation are typically related to employment (such a letter may also be called an employment reference or job reference), admission to institutions of higher education, or scholarship eligibility.

How do I ask someone to write a letter on my behalf?

The following links are helpful resources to get you going. If you are asking someone to write a letter of recommendation, be sure that the person has a lot to say about you and is highly supportive.

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