If someone asks you to write them a letter of recommendation, you should first of all be proud of their respect and trust in you. If you want to retain their trust and help them advance in their academic or professional careers, you need to write a high-quality letter of recommendation.

For a high-quality letter of recommendation, simply stating a kind tone of voice and stating that they are a great candidate is not enough. You also need to demonstrate their contributions to the company, position, academy, or program they are applying for.

In this article, we will explain what a letter of recommendation is and how you can write a high-quality one.

TL;DR - Summarized with TextCortex

  • A Letter of recommendation is a reference letter in which you describe the candidate's qualifications and abilities to the target recipient.
  • If you want to write a high-quality recommendation letter it is important to demonstrate the candidate's contributions and qualifications, rather than just stating that they are a great candidate.
  • To write a high-quality recommendation letter, you need to stick to a format that includes a greeting, introduction, overview, personal anecdote, closing statement and signature.
  • You can use TextCortex and its features to write a top-tier recommendation letter.

What is a Letter of Recommendation?

A letter of recommendation is a reference written honestly about the candidate, describing his/her skills and contributions to the position, company, or academy he/she is applying for. While stating all the information about the individual realistically, you should also write down the candidate's skills and qualifications.

Why are letters of recommendation important?

Writing a letter of recommendation for individuals applying for a program or job can significantly impact the acceptance of their application. While academic grades and work experience are important, alone they may not fully represent a candidate's abilities. By introducing a candidate who has competent skills in their field, you can provide valuable support for their career and state their value for the company they are applying to.

Letter of Recommendation Format

If you have been asked to write a letter of recommendation and you do not know where to start, you must first determine the outline. You can write a letter of recommendation by following these steps:

  • A kind and formal greeting
  • An Introduction with a recommendation statement and your professional title
  • An Overview of the individual's skills, strengths, qualifications, and proficiencies
  • A Personal Anecdote about the candidate's achievements
  • A brief Closing Statement
  • A Signature with your contact information such as email address or phone number

By sticking to this format, you can write a high-quality, informative, and formal letter of recommendation.

Who should I ask for a letter of recommendation?

If you need letters of recommendation to advance your academic or professional career and don't know who to ask, don't worry we've got you covered. To obtain a useful letter of recommendation, there are a few important steps to follow. First, it's essential to identify the purpose of the letter and why it's needed. Once you know this, the next step is to identify someone qualified and can consider you objectively.

If you’re asking for an academic letter of recommendation, you can ask:

  • Current or former professors
  • Academic mentors
  • Thesis Advisor
  • Academic Coach 

If you’re asking for a professional career letter of recommendation, you can ask:

  • Current or former employers
  • A Supervisor
  • Professional Mentor
  • Experienced Coworkers
  • Former Professors

Letter of Recommendation Templates

There are different recommendation letter types for different purposes. We have listed examples of the 5 most frequently used letter of recommendation types for you. You can create a letter using these examples or generate a unique and personal letter of recommendation using ZenoChat.

Letter of Recommendation Example for Students

In this example, let's assume we are writing a letter of recommendation for Emma to be accepted into a student exchange program. You can make the letter more unique and personal by adding specific information about Emma and her skills.

Letter of Recommendation Example for Students

Letter of Recommendation Example for College

In this example, we assumed that we, as David's high school teacher, wrote a letter of recommendation to accept him into the Academy of fine arts. You can generate a more unique letter of recommendation by adding David's skills and qualifications to your prompts.

Letter of Recommendation Example for College

Letter of Recommendation Example for Coworker

In this example, there is a generic letter of recommendation for a coworker. You can generate a more detailed template by adding the specific skills and qualifications of the coworker.

Letter of Recommendation Example for Coworker

Letter of Recommendation Example for Internship

In this example, let's assume that we are Alice's academic mentor and recommend her for an internship at XYZ company.

Letter of Recommendation Example for Internship

Letter of Recommendation Example for a Job

In this example, let's assume that we wrote a recommendation letter for Julie to be accepted as a front-end developer at a different company.

Letter of Recommendation Example for a Job

TextCortex AI: Your Writing Assistant

If you are looking for aid that will facilitate the process of all your writing tasks, including the recommendation letter, TextCortex is an AI assistant designed for you. TextCortex is available as a web application and browser extension. Its browser extension is integrated with 10.000+ websites and apps, so you can continue using it anywhere and anytime.

TextCortex Writing Templates

TextCortex can generate text-based outputs such as letters, emails, articles, and paragraphs in a human-like, high-quality, and consistent manner. Additionally, by using our 100+ writing templates, you can complete tasks that would take hours to do manually, in seconds. The most popular TextCortex templates include:

  • Paraphrase your text in 25+ different languages.
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ZenoChat – Generate Recommendation Letters in Seconds

TextCortex comes with the best conversational AI called ZenoChat. By entering prompts into ZenoChat, you can generate recommendation letters or improve your existing letter in seconds. Moreover, ZenoChat can generate output in 12+ tones of voice, including formal. So, you can rewrite your letters in a formal tone or write them from scratch.

ZenoChat can generate error-free output in 25+ languages or translate between languages. If you need to write a recommendation letter in a different language, ZenoChat is always ready to support you.

Customize Your AI

You can train ZenoChat to generate output in your tone of voice and writing style. With our Individual Personas feature, you just need to provide 3 pieces of written content to determine ZenoChat's personality and tone of voice. No coding skills or technical background required.

You can also upload or connect the data set that ZenoChat will use to generate output by using our Knowledge Bases feature. So, you can adapt Zeno to complete your personal and text-based tasks at 12x speed.