Whom should you ask to
write this letter? Consider someone
you have provided a service or worked. Specifically,
someone who has observed your abilities and skills should be the author of this
letter. A relative or friend would
not be an appropriate choice of authors because of their opinion of you is
considered biased. Further, for
this activity, ask your Language Arts, Math or Science teacher for one.
For the most part this
portion of your portfolio is almost completely out of your control.
Typically, when you ask someone to write a letter for you they will ask,
“What would you like me to say or mention?”
Anybody can say anything, so let us direct them into writing a
recommendation that best fits your needs.
of Recommendation Plan
Your portfolio should have
at least one but no more than three Letters of Recommendation for future
employment. You should ask adults
who know you, your personality, skills, habits, attitude, etc.
You might ask persons from your list of references, neighbors, current or
past employers, teachers, counselors, or your minister, but don not ask
relatives or fellow students.
Use the Letter of
Recommendation Request form. Complete this personal information form and give it to the
persons on your list that you would like to write you a Letter of
Recommendation. This will assist
the author in placing accurate information in the letter.
HERE for the
Letter of Recommendation Request Form
WRITING A LETTER OF
At sometime in your life
you might be asked to write a letter of recommendation. The following is a basic outline for writing a letter of
The recommendation letter
should be one page and contain three or four paragraphs.
Describes how long they have known the person, in what capacity,
relationship, and the person’s activities or responsibilities you may have
preformed for you.
DETAILS! This can be more
than one paragraph long and contain information about the individual’s
accomplishments, individual strengths, or how well they have communicated their
ideas or information.
Summation, broad and general statements about the individual.
The following is a simple
sample of a Letter of Recommendation
To Whom It May
I am writing this
letter on behalf of Shauna Dumars. Shauna
worked for me during the past summer at my Century 21 Real Estate Office.
Shauna work as an office assistant.
Ms. Dumars was a
great help I organizing our files, answering phone, inputting computer
data and assisting customers. Shauna
has good computer skills and knows common software programs. She works hard and is very reliable. During her time working here she has never be late and
never missed a day of work.
I believe Shauna
would be an excellent employee and I highly recommend her to future
employers. She will be an
asset to any business that hires her.
Please feel free to call me at (909) 853-1212 if I can be of
assistance or answer any questions about Shauna.