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Sample Letter of Recommendation

This free sample letter of recommendation explains that an above-average employee's layoff was not his fault. See Sample Recommendation Letters to choose another.

You may download this free sample letter of recommendation and edit it to recommend a laid-off employee, just use it as an example to do the same, or offer it to your references as an example for recommending you after a layoff.

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[Writer's Name or Company Letterhead]
[Street • City • State • Zip Code]
[Phone # • Fax phone # • Messages phone # • Email]




[Recipient's name]
[Company name]
[Address Line]
[Address Line]
[Address Line]

Dear [Recipient's Name]:

Scott Smith worked for me at [company name] for four years, as a senior technical instructor. As his department manager, I am writing this letter of recommendation to confirm that his recent layoff from [company name] was not in any way tied to his performance, and to strongly recommend him as an employee with your organization.

Had I been given the choice, I would not have let Scott go. But, unfortunately, it was not my decision to make. [Company name] decided to withdraw from the PC market, balance expenses with the anticipated reduction in sales revenue, and hire a consulting firm to evaluate long-term staffing needs.

As a result, [company name] drastically reduced the size of its workforce by dissolving its entire PC division, including the technical training department. Unfortunately, this major reorganization left no other position open for Scott. I regretfully had to let him go.

Scott is a conscientious, highly-skilled technical instructor, worthy of at least a senior or supervisory position. He has keen insight into the human learning process, and is an expert in needs analysis, project management, course development, classroom instruction and e-learning.

Scott's in-depth product knowledge, unique instructional techniques, and excellent people skills have consistently received rave reviews from his students. Should conditions at [company name] change, I wouldn't hesitate to hire him back. Please interpret that statement as my specific recommendation to hire Scott.

If you would like to speak to me about Scott's superior skills, accomplishments and work habits, feel free to call (123) 555-0002 during normal business hours or page me by dialing (123) 555-0003.



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