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What is a Reference Letter?

A Reference Letter helps you aid someone else when they need you to speak on their behalf. Whether you're an employer, teacher, or a longtime friend, if someone's trusted you to vouch for them writing a Reference Letter is a simple way for you convey their qualities to anyone who needs to know. 
Most jobs, scholarships, and positions typically require a Letter of Reference. In addition, there's a lot of ground to cover in a Reference Letter: work ethic, ability, and the good character of the person you're writing about can all be important areas to touch on. You've got a lot of responsibility. You need to make sure you write professionally, truthfully, and give the kind of reference that helps someone stand out. If you're not a professional writer, don't panic. Don't miss out on details like how long you've known someone, their skillset, and why you think they're the best candidate. A Reference Letter document can help you write an endorsement that will be a real asset.

When to use a Reference Letter:

  • You've been asked to provide a reference for someone.
  • You're a teacher or manager and regularly have to provide references.
  • You're requesting a reference from someone and would like to provide them an example.

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Dear Sir or Madam: Dear :


I am writing to recommend  , whom I have known for , as a candidate for your company. school. scholarship program. .



I have no doubt would be a valuable asset to your company school scholarship program  and I give my highest recommendation. If I can provide any further assistance, do not hesitate to contact me. at or ..








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