The Letter of Recommendation. When you are asked to recommend a friend or a colleague for a job, you have to keep in mind two things – first, the reader – as always – and second, your friend or colleague.
What will be the goals of each individual?
When you understand the goals, you will have a better chance to help each one achieve those goals.
You can hope that those who ask you for a recommendation have done so because they believe that you have a positive impression of their work.
the recommendation is for employment, the reader will want to know all
the strengths and skills of the prospective employee, and whether that
individual would “fit in” with those currently employed. Businesses
work well when there is a cohesive team environment.
So, what can you say about your friend or colleague that will appeal to the reader?
All of these characteristics will be important and valuable to the reader of your letter of recommendation (or prospective employer).
The individual will want to have an introduction, perhaps, to a new community and a new job. With the appropriate words, you may be able to help your friend achieve that goal.
With the letter of recommendation, as with all letters,
Please allow me to recommend my friend, Tom, for the position of …
My colleague, Tom Jones, is interested in joining your firm as … He has my hearty recommendation for this position.
Please contact me by email at … or by telephone at … if you wish further details about this recommendation. I know that Tom will be an asset to your organization.
Please contact me at … if you wish further information about my friend, Tom. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss his participation in your program.
A very kind closing would certainly leave the reader with a positive feeling.
The closing short paragraph of your letter(s) is the opportunity
Try to leave the reader with a most positive impression.