Sample letter of recommendation

There are two recommendation letter samples below for you to follow.

The first is a letter of recommendation written by a manager on John Smith who worked under him.

This is a general recommendation letter written for any potential employer.

The second letter is directed to an individual. Note the slight difference between the two letters.

To Whom It May Concern:

John Smith worked under my supervision as an Audit Assistant from February 1997, until April 1998. His responsibilities included vouching of documents, checking casting, preparing schedules for audit and tax submission, extraction of trial balance, in addition to some clerical duties. During the course of his employment, John proved himself to be an able employee and a hard worker.

I was quite impressed by Johns' ability to complete all work assigned to him on time, if not before it was due. His work was always thorough and comprehensive. We sometimes allow our assistants to do some trial balancing, but Johns' talents prompted us to assign him more pieces than the norm. His understanding of accounting principles are very good for someone this new to the line.

Overall, John is a very conscientious and able employee. I certainly believe he has what it takes to make a good auditor someday, and I am sad to see him leave. I strongly recommend John for any audit position.


This reference letter (also known as business reference letter) is directed to an individual.

Dear Quentin Tarantino:

Uma Thurman has been with our firm for several years. She has been one of our outstanding employees in the production department. She has worked in many projects under my management and I found her to be a very capable production manager and she really puts her heart and sole in her work.

For family reasons, she is moving to your area and we are truly sorry to lose her. She has all of the fine qualities you would expect from a good employee. Honestly, I feel that any firm that hires her will be quite fortunate.

I believe that it could be mutually beneficial if the two of you could meet once she arrive in Wonderland. She is mature and, of course, realizes that there may not be any openings at this time.

Shall I suggest that she make an appointment with you? I will be looking forward to your reply.

Very truly yours,
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