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What are the different types of Employment Referral Letters and the guidelines and tips when writing one?

EMPLOYMENT REFERRAL LETTERS – Here are some types of Employment Referral Letters along with some tips and guidelines when writing one.

For job seekers, it is important to secure a letter of reference from a former employee for future employment. In the field of employment, particular letters depending on purpose differ. Among types of letters that fall under this category of recommendation or referral are for application, for termination, for a salary increase, and among others.

Recommendation or referral letters are made to prove that the person is a strong candidate for a certain job or position. The letter must be written in business letter format, professional in appearance, and error-free.

For those who are asked to do this for a certain person, remember the following:

  • Think carefully before saying yes to a person. You must personally know the person and be sure that you can write a positive letter to him or her. By this, you are not risking yourself getting caught and embarrassed.
  • Follow the business letter format for your letter which shows and indicate your contact information, the date, and the employer’s contact information.
  • Know the job description of the description you will be recommending to focus on the specific requirements of the position.
  • Indicate the specific skills and characteristics of the person that can help him or her stood out.
  • Say something like “I recommend this person without reservation,” or “I would hire this person again if I could”.

Check out the business format letter below:

[Sender’s Name]
[Sender’s Address]
[Sender’s City, State Zip Code]
[Sender’s Phone Number]
[Sender’s Email Address]

[Date]

[Recipient’s Name]
[Recipient’s Title]
[Recipient’s Company]
[Recipient’s Company Address]
[City, State Zip Code]

[Salutation using “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. (Last Name)]

[The Body]

[Closing Salutation such as Respectfully yours, Sincerely, Cordially, Respectfully, and among others]

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