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Sample Letter of Recommendation

This free sample letter of recommendation is for an above-average employee. See Sample Recommendation Letters to choose another.

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

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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]:

I've been Holly Smith's manager for over eight years. I fully understand that she must advance in her career, but I'm truly sorry to see her go. It has been a pleasure having her on my team.

Holly is a professional, senior technical writer of the highest caliber, who meticulously researches, formats, edits and proofs her work. I've received several compliments from customers who rely on Holly's user and technical documentation. Management and employees in technical support, engineering, technical training and other departments praise her work.

Holly is an innovative self-starter, who rarely requires supervision. She is punctual, typically exceeds expectations, manages stress well and voluntarily works overtime to meet a deadline.

For example, we received a rush order from one of our customers for a complex product modification, including critical user documentation. Holly met the extremely tight deadline, yet she still produced a stellar, accurate addendum for the standard user manual. All departments involved were impressed with Holly's performance in this crunch. Even our CEO was impressed. More importantly, so was our customer. This is just one example among many that demonstrate Holly's superior skills and admirable work ethic.

Holly is a valuable asset to any technical communications department and I strongly recommend hiring her. If you'd like to hear more good things about Holly, please don't hesitate to contact me during normal business hours at 555-555-0000, Ext. 555.



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