Sample Letter of Recommendation From an Employer

Free Employer Recommendation Sample

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Making Use of a Sample Letter of Recommendation

A sample letter of recommendation from an employer can help you determine what should be included in a letter (if you are the letter writer) and what you should request from others (if you are the one who needs the recommendation). It can also give you an understanding of the typical formatting and layout for employment recommendations.

Example of an Employer Recommendation 

This sample letter of recommendation from an employer shows what might be included in a career reference or employment recommendation.

 Notice how the letter writer provided specific information on the subject and focused heavily on her strengths, which include solid interpersonal skills, teamwork skills, and strong leadership capability. The letter writer also included specific examples of achievements (such as an increase in profits). Examples are important and help to add legitimacy to the recommendation. 

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is my personal recommendation for Cathy Douglas. Until just recently, I was Cathy's immediate supervisor for several years. I found her to be consistently pleasant, tackling all assignments with dedication and a smile. Her interpersonal skills are exemplary and appreciated by everyone who works with her. 

Besides being a joy to work with, Cathy is a take-charge person who is able to present creative ideas and communicate the benefits. She has successfully developed several marketing plans for our company that have resulted in increased annual revenue. During her tenure, we saw an increase in profits that exceeded $800,000. The new revenue was a direct result of the sales and marketing plans designed and implemented by Cathy. The additional revenue that she earned helped us to reinvest in the company and expand our operations into other markets. 

Though she was an asset to our marketing efforts, Cathy was also extraordinarily helpful in other areas of the company. In addition to writing effective training modules for sales representatives, Cathy assumed a leadership role in sales meetings, inspiring and motivating other employees. She has also served as a project manager for several key projects and helped to implement our expanded operations. She has proven, on several occasions, that she can be trusted to deliver a completed project on schedule and within budget.

I highly recommend Cathy for employment. She is a team player and would make a great asset to any organization.

Sincerely,

Sharon Feeney, Marketing Manager ABC Productions

Who Needs a Letter of Recommendation Like This?

There are several reasons why you might need a letter of recommendation from an employer, former employer, or direct supervisor. Many business schools ask students to supply a letter of recommendation from a former employer or direct supervisor as part of the admissions process.

You may also need an employer recommendation to serve as a career reference so that you can get a new job or impress potential clients. In some cases, a letter of recommendation can also serve as a character reference if you are trying to rent an apartment, get membership in a professional organization, or get into some sort of legal trouble. 

Writing a Recommendation For an Employee

When writing a recommendation, it is important to craft an original letter of recommendation that is tailored to the person being recommended. You should never copy text directly from a sample letter - this is the equivalent of copying a resume from the internet - It makes you and the subject of your recommendation look bad.

To make your recommendation original and exclusive, try including specific examples of the subject's achievements or strengths as an academic, employee, or leader. You may also want to speak with the people you are recommending about their needs. Do they need a letter that highlights work ethic or would they prefer a letter that addresses aspects of their potential in a particular area. You don't want to say anything that is untrue, but knowing the desired point of focus can provide good inspiration for the content of the letter.