A recommendation letter is a written reference that offers information about your character. Recommendation letters may include details about your personality, work ethic, and/or academic achievement.
Recommendation letters are used for many different occasions. Here are the most common types of letters:
Academic Letters of Recommendation
Academic letters of recommendation are typically used by students during the college admissions process. During admissions, most schools- undergraduate and graduate- expect to see at least one, preferably two or three, recommendation letters for each applicant.
Recommendation letters provide admission committees with information that may or may not be found in a college application, including academic and work achievements, character references, and personal details.
Employment Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are often used by jobseekers during employment interviews. Most employers ask job candidates for at least three references. Therefore, it's a good idea for jobseekers to have at least three recommendation letters.
Generally, employment recommendation letters include information about employment history, job performance, work ethic, and personal accomplishments.
Character recommendations or character references are often used for housing accommodations, legal situations, child adoption, and other similar situations where character may be called into questions. Almost everyone needs this type of recommendation letter at some point in their life. These recommendation letters are often written by former employers, landlords, business associates, neighbors, doctors, acquaintances, etc. The most appropriate person varies depending upon what the letter of recommendation will be used for.
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