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Student Recommendation Letter Samples and

Writing Tips

Whether you are a student who needs a letter of recommendation for an application or a
reference writer who is not sure how to format the letter, the following samples can
help. Below, you'll find examples of academic recommendations, personal
recommendations, letters asking for a recommendation and lists of references. You’ll also
find some letter templates.

How to Use Letter Examples and Templates:

It is a good idea to review letter examples and templates before writing a

recommendation letter or a request for a letter. They can help you decide what kind of
content you should include in your document.

A letter template helps you with the layout of your letter, such as how many paragraphs
to include, and how to sign off on the letter. Templates also show you what elements you
need to include in your letter, such as your contact information.

Requesting a Recommendation Letter Samples

When you request a letter of recommendation, make sure to remind potential letter
writers how they know you, and give them information on why you need the letter (for
example, tell them the types of jobs you will be applying for). You might also provide the
person with your most up-to-date resume or CV. These details will make it easier for
them to write a personalized and targeted reference letter.

You should also provide all the information the person needs for how to submit the letter,
what to include (if there are any requirements) and when it is due.

When considering whom to ask, students might ask former or current teachers or
professors, as well as employers.

Finally, if the person agrees to write you a letter, remember to follow up with a thank-you
Review Reference Letter Samples

When writing a reference letter, be sure to explain how you know the person, and
describe some of the qualities that make him or her a good candidate for the job or
school. Use specific examples to show how the person has shown those qualities.

Focus on the specific job or school the person is applying for. Try to include qualities and
examples that will help them get that position or get into that school.

Finally, feel free to ask the person for whom you are writing the letter for more
information. You might ask to see the job listing, their resume or a list of their related


Brian Smith
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345

October 2, 2018

Emma Johnson
Café Bistro
72 Dock Street
Pacifica, Oregon 97233

Dear Ms. Johnson,

Daniel Williams worked as a server and manager at Central College’s student

café under my supervision for seven semesters, beginning in Spring 2015.

Over that time, I was consistently impressed with his customer service and
people management skills as well as his dedication and good humor. I’ve often
said that if I could clone Daniel, I’d never have to worry about staffing problems
again. He’s a truly gifted server, fast on his feet and able to remember
complicated orders without using an order pad.

He’s also an innovator. Thanks to his suggestions, we revamped the café menu
last year to focus on the most popular dishes and dropped some expensive,
time-consuming menu items. The result was a 10 percent increase in profits.
Our customers love him. More than one has suggested that Daniel become a
“super senior,” so that he can stay with us next year. Alas, he’s graduating on
schedule, with highest honors and a boatload of references to attest to his skill,
hard work, and talent. I’m honored to be one of them.

I enthusiastically recommend Daniel for the position of server/manager in your

café. If you have any specific questions about Daniel’s experience and skills, I’m
happy to help. Please call me at 555-555-5555.


Brian Smith
Student Coordinator
Central College Café

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