Academic Reference Letter (1)


For some jobs, employers request written letters of recommendation. They may even request them as part of the application process. In these cases, the applicant is asked to submit recommendation letters (typically two or three) with their resume and cover letter.

Tips for Writing Letters of Recommendation for Employment

If you’re asked to provide a reference for a specific job, the most effective letter of recommendation will be one that is written with the requirements of that particular job in mind.

Refer to the job posting or job description to find specific skills and knowledge that you can include in the letter for your candidate.

When you’re asked to write a general recommendation letter, you can still focus on the types or category of jobs for which the person is applying.

Collect Information

Ask the person for whom you are writing to supply you with a copy of the job posting and their resume orcurriculum vitae (CV) before you begin composing your letter.  It can also be helpful to review their cover letter to see how they pitch their qualifications for the job.

When you are writing a more general recommendation, you should still ask the subject of your letter to outline their targets for employment.




Dear Sir / Madam:

It is my great pleasure to write this letter in support of Miss Jane Smith’s application to your esteemed university.

I instructed Miss Smith for the course Introduction to the Tourism Industry. She was unquestionably one of the most able students in the class, and her work in the class consistently reflected a level of insightfulness and attention to detail that is unique to Miss Smith. Her reports were always prepared on time, and she stood out among her peers for her eagerness to engage in the process of learning and discovery. Simply put, Miss Smith was a true pleasure to have in class.

Miss Smith was happy to voice her own viewpoints during class discussions, and often asked me for further clarification of points I covered in my lecture. In addition to her confidence and eagerness to learn, Miss Smith also made a good impression on me due to her pleasant personality. Certainly, she seemed to get on well with classmates and teachers at all times, and I imagine that she will do the same when she is in your institution.

Based on my observation of her abilities, I strongly believe she has the potential to be an outstanding student at your university. I therefore recommend her for admission to your master’s program. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information.

Yours sincerely,

Linda Johnson
Department of Tourism
Goodwell University

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