A letter of recommendation is a kind of testimony, which is written by the previous colleague,
employer, client, teacher, or a person who can in his/her capacity recommend someone’s
academic performance or work. The goal of the letter is to affirm the achievements, skills,
ethics, and aptitude of the person who is being recommended. This acts as a confidence-
building measure for the new employer who can trust the written testimony without going in a
personal capacity to confirm it for himself/herself.
Any student who is pursuing higher studies to a foreign country can add more weight to his/her
candidature in the university/college if he/she has a letter of recommendation, preferably from
the Head of Department from his previous institution. A candidate who wishes to fulfill his/her
dream of being able to gain access to a renowned research facility and work with the best in the
research field can always wear a formal letter of recommendation down his/her collar to be able
to gain some confidence of the new scholar under which he/she will be working.
It validates your resume, be it academic or professional experience. It helps give a third person,
who is a potential recruiter, an impression of your candidature. It, in a way, adds more insights
into the different qualities you vouch upon, like leadership skills and ability to work in a team.
The most important aspect of the Letter of Recommendation is that it also helps the new
recruiter know about your weaknesses if any.
A letter of recommendation is a written testimony that offers valid information about your
characters and skills. It generally includes the details ranging from the candidate’s personality,
work ethic and academic achievements. There are different types of letter of recommendation
depending on different occasions such as Academic Recommendation Letters, Character
References and Employment Recommendations.
In case you have been asked to be a reference for someone seeking a letter of
recommendation, you can write it by following a specific format. In the introduction paragraph,
you should include our name, the name of the person you are recommending and your
relationship with him/her. The main body includes the different hard and soft skills that the
candidate possesses, and you admire the most. You can conclude by stating why a person is
recommended by you.