Example Letter #1
Over the past few years, I have had the great pleasure to discover (Name of Teenager)'s many potentials and to observe those potentials ripening and thriving in response to the demands of her environment. In school, in work, and in her private life, I have witnessed (Name of Teenager) conquering challenge after challenge, welcoming each experience as a chance to grow and learn, and emerging as the rarest and most motivated of teenagers being resourceful and responsible well beyond her years.
Given these experiences and qualities, it is very clear to me that (Name of Teenager) would do much more than expertly perform the requirements of the (Name of Position) position; she would inevitably also contribute to the energy and growth of the company as a whole. Thus I sincerely hope that you will recognize the rare value of this individual and select (Name of Teenager) for the position of (Name of Position) in your company.
Example Letter #2
I am pleased to write a letter of recommendation for John Doe, a young man whose help I have deeply appreciated for the last four years. During that time John has mowed, edged, and nurtured my lawn (and approximately 10 other lawns in the neighborhood) with unfailing efficiency and punctuality. He was 14 when he started caring for his grandmother's yard next door. It looked so good that I asked him to care for mine, too. One by one he has added most of the yards in the neighborhood to his work list.
He arrives early each Saturday from March to late September and proceeds to edge all of his clients' lawns. He then mows all of the lawns and hauls the clippings away. At each client's home he asks if there are any special instructions for that day. I have asked him to apply fertilizer to my lawn the first of each month and he has faithfully done so. He has been exceptionally considerate of our needs and expectations. If he must change his routine for a particular week, he always tells us well in advance. He is a courteous, reliable young man who works hard. I highly recommend him to any employer. Please call me if you need further information.
Example Letter #3
Jane Doe has asked that I write a letter of recommendation to accompany her application to be a part-time cashier at your store. Jane was 13 when her family moved next door and she began working as our babysitter. We found her to be very pleasant and trustworthy. We always felt secure in leaving our children in her care and the children loved her. We continue to have a close relationship with her and her family.
Jane is an excellent student and is a cheerleader at Springfield High School. From my observations she gets along well with all age groups and has high aspirations for her future. I believe she will work well in any public setting and that she will be an efficient, trustworthy employee. I am happy to recommend her without reservation as a part-time cashier in your Springfield store.
Example Letter #4
We are very happy to write this letter of recommendation for our young friend, Eric Doe. We have known Eric for about two years, and he has worked for us during that time in two capacities: as our paper carrier and as our babysitter.
As a paper carrier, Eric was always punctual and conscientious. I could always count on my paper being delivered at or near a certain time, and when it wasn't there I knew the fault was not with Eric.
Eric is also one of our favorite babysitters and is always our first choice. We know that our daughter (age 9) and our son (age 6) are not only being closely watched and monitored, but are also being entertained. He has our complete trust and confidence, and we know that we will always return home to find the house clean and orderly. If the hour is late, the kids are always in bed, asleep. At all times they are clean, safe, and fed.
Eric is a serious-minded and intelligent young man, but he is also a very pleasant person. He has a quick laugh and a ready smile. He can maintain a conversation with adults and has a winning personality. We give him our highest recommendation. If you have further questions, please call us at 555-5555.
Example Letter #5
Jane Doe, one of my piano students, asked me to write this letter of recommendation to accompany her job application. Jane has been my student for five years and, in that time, I have found her to be punctual, reliable, and very hardworking. She also baby sits my children from time to time and, in this capacity, has proven her integrity. Although Jane is somewhat reserved, she is well-liked by all who know her.
I believe that Jane will do well in whatever she undertakes, so I recommend her without reservation. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call me at 555-5555.
Write Your Letter Step-by-Step
1 Identify the person you are recommending, and indicate that he or she requested the recommendation.
Sample Sentences for Step 1
- We are very happy to write this letter of recommendation for our young friend, Eric Johnson.
- My niece, Jane Doe, has asked me to write a letter of recommendation as she seeks her first job.
- John Doe, my neighbor's 17-year-old son, has asked me to write a letter of recommendation.
- I am preparing this letter of recommendation at the request of John Doe, a young man with whom I am well acquainted.
- Jane Doe, the daughter of a professional colleague, has asked me to write a letter of recommendation.
- I am pleased to write a letter of recommendation for Jane Doe, a young lady of great promise.
Sample Phrases for Step 1
- a young relative
- a recommendation for
- I am pleased to provide
- I am very happy to
- I am honored to be asked
- I am delighted to be called upon
- I am pleased to comment on
- at the request of
- I can offer only the highest recommendation for
- for a young friend
- for my young neighbor
- happy to respond to this request
- has asked me to
- I have no hesitation in recommending
- is a pleasure to recommend
- letter of recommendation
- prepare this recommendation for
- the daughter of my
- with whom I am well acquainted
- write this letter for
2 Discuss your relationship with the individual.
Sample Sentences for Step 2
- Two years ago when she was 14, my niece, Jane, approached me to see if there was something she could do in my law office during summer vacation. She was tired of baby-sitting, she said, and wanted to find other ways to earn money. I instructed my secretary to find things for her to do, and she quickly made herself useful.
- We have known John for about two years, and he has worked for us during that time in two capacities: as our paper carrier and as our baby-sitter.
- I know John through our church groups, and I have often hired him to mow lawns and do odd jobs.
- Jane lives in our neighborhood and has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best house cleaners around. We frequently hire her during the holidays to help get the house ready for dinner parties and to help in the kitchen.
- We are well acquainted with Jane because she is the daughter of a business associate and close family friend, John Doe.
Sample Phrases for Step 2
- became our regular baby-sitter
- did an internship with
- during summer vacations
- employed him to
- entrusted him with the care of our children
- first became acquainted
- first came to my attention when
- I got to know her when
- has done odd jobs for
- has worked for me
- has baby-sat for
- has been our paper carrier for
- I have known him for
- I have seen her grow up
- hire him from time to time to
- in the capacity of
- know her through
- lives in my neighborhood
- recommended her to us
- worked in my office for
3 Give reasons why you believe the person would perform well in the job. Provide an abundance of concrete and specific details.
Sample Sentences for Step 3
- As a paper carrier, John was always punctual and conscientious. I could always count on my paper being delivered at or near a certain time, and when it wasn't there, I knew the fault was not with John.
- Jane is one of our favorite baby-sitters and is always the kids' first choice. We know that our daughter, age 9, and our son, age 6, are not just being supervised, they are also being taught and entertained.
- She has our complete confidence, and we know that when we return home, the kids will be asleep if the hour is late, and that they will be clean, safe, and fed.
- Jane is a good worker. She listens carefully to instructions, follows them closely, asks questions when she does not understand something, and stays on task until the job is done.
- John is a hard worker. He sticks with a task until it is done, and he does not whine or complain about the work. I really enjoy having him available to do our yard work, and I will be sorry to see him leave.
Sample Phrases for Step 3
- a conscientious worker
- can always count on
- can always rely on
- does not complain about hard work
- follows instructions well
- gets along well with
- has always been reliable
- has good interpersonal skills
- has never let us down
- has a well-deserved reputation for
- has our confidence and trust
- her performance as a
- is always our first choice for
- is a good worker
- is a hard worker
- is hardworking and reliable
- is both conscientious and punctual
- is neat and orderly in her habits
- is punctual and dependable
- stays on task until
- we will be sorry to lose
- willing to accept responsibility
- works cheerfully and well
4 Discuss the youth's personal qualities and aspects of character.
Sample Sentences for Step 4
- John is a serious-minded and intelligent young man, but he is also a very pleasant person.
- He has a winning personality and a ready smile.
- We have never seen her in a bad humor.
- She can maintain a conversation with adults.
- He has a winning personality.
- I know that Jane is honest and truthful.
Sample Phrases for Step 4
- always cheerful and dependable
- I can attest to his integrity
- careful attention to detail
- gets along well with others
- handles responsibility well
- has always been conscientious
- honest and trustworthy
- intelligent and quick to learn
- is a dependable and steady worker
- is a self-starter
- is mature beyond her years
- keeps a calm attitude under pressure
- listens carefully to instructions
- possesses personal integrity
- punctual and hard-working
- punctual and reliable
- relates well to adults and children
- very pleasant nature
- willing to go beyond what is required
- works well with little supervision
5 Close with a final endorsement and offer to provide more information or answer specific questions.
Sample Sentences for Step 5
- We give Jane our highest recommendation, without reservation. If you have further questions, please call us at 555-5555.
- John is a fine young man, and I think he will do well in whatever task he undertakes.
- Jane has always worked well for me, and I am sure she will work hard for others.
- I trust Jane completely, and I know that work ethics have been taught and valued in her home. She has our full confidence.
- I have no doubt that Jane will perform above and beyond your expectations.
Sample Phrases for Step 5
- an asset to your organization
- an outstanding worker
- I can wholeheartedly recommend
- has always proved satisfactory
- has my full confidence
- I have no doubt that
- I hope this information proves helpful
- if you would like more information
- if you have further questions
- if I can be of further assistance
- is a fine young
- is eager to learn
- my highest recommendation
- please call me at
- recommend her very highly
- should you have any questions
- sure that you will find
- will do a fine job for
- will do well in whatever
- without any reservations