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Top 10 Sample Recommendation Letters

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Writing a recommendation letter for someone else is a huge responsibility and getting everything just right is important. If you are seeking inspiration, the following sample recommendation letters should help. These sample recommendations are the most popular samples on the site:

1. Sample Recommendation Letter for Undergraduate Student

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This is a sample recommendation for an undergraduate student from an AP English Professor. The letter is being used as a recommendation for an undergraduate business program. Note the emphasis on leadership potential, organization skills, and academic achievement.

2. Sample Recommendation Letter for a Former Employee

This is a sample business school recommendation that was written by a former employer. The letter recommends the subject for employment, citing specific examples of achievement.

3. Sample Recommendation Letter from a High School Teacher

This is a sample recommendation for an undergraduate applicant from her former high school teacher. The letter recommends the student for a undergraduate business program. In addition to commending the subject on her academic achievement, the letter writer goes a step further and mentions the subject's mature personality and leadership experience.

4. Sample Recommendation Letter for an MBA Applicant

This is a sample recommendation letter written by a former employer for an MBA applicant. The letter was written by a direct supervisor. Although the letter is short, it provides an example of why the subject may be a good fit for business school.

5. Sample Recommendation Letter for a Business School Applicant

This is a sample recommendation letter written for a business school applicant by a current employer. It could be used for either an undergraduate or graduate program. The letter emphasizes leadership and teamwork abilities.

6. Sample Recommendation Letter - College Recommendation

This is a sample recommendation for a student from their high school principal. The letter is meant to serve as a undergraduate program recommendation. Instead of emphasizing academic achievement, work ethic, or community service, the letter writer chose to highlight the subject's personality, which can have just as big of an impact on admission committee decisions.

7. Sample Recommendation Letter - Program Recommendation

This is a sample business program recommendation. The recommendation was written by a former employer and emphasizes work experience. It does a very god job of demonstrating leadership ability and potential--two things admissions committees want to see from business program applicants.

8. Sample Recommendation Letter- From Teacher

This is a sample recommendation for a student from a professor. It was used as a recommendation for a graduate business program. The letter writer emphasizes achievements and character.

9. Sample Recommendation Letter - Harvard Recommendation

This is a sample recommendation for a student from an academic dean. This letter was used as a Harvard business program recommendation. As you will see from the letter, the writer did not use the traditional approach, choosing to highlight talents and work experience rather than academic achievements or leadership potential.

10. Sample Recommendation Letter- Business Program

This is a sample recommendation letter written for a business program applicant. The letter is long, but includes great information and demonstrates what should be touched on in an MBA recommendation letter. Note the emphasis on why business is a good fit for the subject.

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