1. Constantly make sure whose recommendation will be accepted- professors from your previous classes, immediate supervisors from your earlier work, or other high ranking persons whose assessments the reader will deem essential. The letter must be polite, since requesting this letter is a burden on his or her time. There are instances where writers will write a small letter before refusing, thus be confident that the writer will give you a strong recommendation letter.
  2. Request for the reader to make a recommendation letter on your behalf. Assist the reader to remember details on how he or she met you (e.g. As an employee, classmate, student). Tell him or her when you exactly started to be associated.
  3. Define the specific post on which you want to apply.
  4. Provide your reader some information to write by explaining your past experiences, works and contributions. Indicate how you are qualified for the positions, for example, your skills. The objective of the letter is to have him or her write more than "Jane is a good person." Provide him or her a fully detailed resume, this will help him or her remember specific events that will be helpful on your behalf. Add it together with your letter. In most cases, you can include your resume as an attachment with a request on email.
  5. Tell him or her you are thankful for his or her time and consideration. Provide details of how the recommendation letter will be sent.


[Senders Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Letter Date]

[Recipients Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-

Dear [Recipients Name],

I am presently applying for the position of the paralegal at Zen and Zoe Firm. It's been over two years since I've worked under your direction as a legal researcher at Miller Law Office. You have given me extensive training when it comes to legal knowledge, so I believe that you are the best reference to guarantee my skills in legal research. Would you be willing to draft a recommendation letter for me?

I am hoping that you can describe in detail the wide range of topics I researched on while I was at Miller - paternity issues, labor conflicts, land disputes, even patent and trademark issues. In addition to this, the present position I am aiming for requires some skills in writing legal documents. Could you mention my skills in drafting legal papers?

I deeply appreciate your help on this matter, and I believe that your recommendation can be a great help for me get the position. I hope I am not such a bother. I've included a self-addressed, stamped envelope that you can use in sending the recommendation to Zen and Zoe Firm. Thank you for your help.


[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -

Request someone to write a recommendation - letter example.

Further things to consider when writing request letters to colleagues

Further things to consider when writing request letters to colleagues

Request Letters

Request letters are letters written to ask formally or politely for something. Any matter that requires a humble and polite appeal can be put forward using a request letter. It could be a job interview, a promotion, or a favor; a request letter will get the job done. A request letter can be formal or informal depending on the recipient. If you are requesting a friend to do a task for you, for instance, you can choose to go informal. But if you are requesting your manager for a promotion, the letter has to be formal. Either way, a request letter must be sent early enough to give the recipient ample time to process and respond to the request.

When writing request letters, you need to be brief and direct, avoiding any auxiliary information that might weaken the message you are conveying. State exactly and clearly what you are requesting for giving reasons for it. If you are requesting for a raise, for example, explain in details why you think you deserve one. Maintain a polite tone throughout the letter. Close the letter by thanking the recipient in advance and expressing your anticipation for his/her consideration.

Letters to Colleagues

Letters to colleagues are, simply, letters written to coworkers. These letters are written in a business or professional setting for different purposes. Maybe you want to thank a coworker for doing you a favor - write a thank-you letter. You want to congratulate him/her for a promotion - write a congratulation letter. Perhaps you want to apologize for doing something wrong - write an apology letter, or may be you have found a new job, and it's time to say goodbye - write a farewell letter. Although some colleagues may find writing letters a tedious process, it is a great way to maintain a strong working relationship.

Most letters to colleagues are informal. You really don't need to use all that formal jargon to people you know pretty well ? do you? Begin your letter with a warm and friendly salutation and the proper name of the recipient. Clearly state the purpose of your letter. Be specific and know exactly what you are talking about. Use clear language which the recipient can easily understand. Maintain a friendly and pleasant tone. Close the letter positively and with a note of anticipation that the recipient will take the necessary action.

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