- Do not forget to thank constantly a person who allowed you to use his or her name or who wrote a reference letter for you. Your message does not only convey that you are thankful. But it will also help you when you need help again in the future when you need it.
- Tell the reader the development on your job application, especially if his or her recommendation was helpful.
- Tell him or her that you are grateful for his or her help. If you are not sure if the person wrote the recommendation letter or not, do not mention it in the letter.
- If you prefer to, give him or her some courtesy in return, but careful not to put him or her in shame.
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Dear [Recipients Name],
Many thanks for agreeing to provide a letter of recommendation to go with my applications to medical school. It has been my lifelong desire to study medicine, a subject I first got interested in when I was back in High School. Much of my lesson choices at school and university have all led me to a position where I can apply to the medical school of my choice. My university marks are good enough, but it is your letter of recommendation that may have a great deal of influence when I sit on the selection committee.
If the committee look favorably on my application, then I should know within three months as to whether I have been successful in gaining a position at their school. I will let you know the result as soon as I have been informed.
The time taken for you to write the letter of recommendation is much appreciated, and I know that it is not something that you had to do. I say thank you for the assurance that I will do all I can to live up to your expectations.
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Thank you letter to someone for writing you a recommendation.
Further things to consider when writing thank you letters to mentors
Thank You Letters
Thank-you letters are letters written to politely acknowledge a gift, service, compliment or an offer. Simply put, these are letters you write to express your gratitude and appreciation for someone's thoughtful actions. You can send a thank-you letter after personal events, an interview, networking events, after receiving a gift or donation, etc. A thank-you letter is always special in that it lets the recipient know that what he/she did was greatly valued and appreciated. The letter should be sent promptly and when the events are still fresh so that it can be more meaningful.
Thank-you letters should be warm, personal, and sincere. Begin with the two magical words "Thank you," and address the recipient in a way that feels most natural. Be clear about what you are thanking the person for. Let the recipient know why his/her specific gift or actions are cherished and why they are important to you. Inquire after the recipient's well-being and share some information about your life. Let him/her know that you are thinking about him/her and mention the next time you may want to meet. To wrap things up, thank the recipient again and let him/her know that you value his/her friendship.
Letters to Mentors
Letters to mentors are letters you write to your mentor, or any other trusted and experienced adviser. Mostly, these are thank-you letters to show gratitude to the person for mentoring and guiding you. Sometimes it could be hard to find the right words to express yourself to someone from who you have learned so much and who means so much to you. Don't worry. You don't have to write a whole book to show that you are grateful. You only need a short message to say thank you. Many people would choose to say thank you using chats or text messages, but nothing beats that old-fashioned letter. A letter is something the mentor can keep for years and read it over and over again.
Letters to mentors are informal and usually have a casual tone. Address your letter warmly, making it personal and sincere. Explain the purpose of your letter. Mention how you cherish the recipient's advice and how you have benefited from it. Enquire after the recipient to show that you care about him/her. To wrap up nicely, let the recipient know that you appreciate his/her advice one last time. Close the letter by signing your name.