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Referral Letter Example

Referral Letter Example

Do you want to take a look at an example of a referral letter that will help you understand better how a letter of recommendation should be drafted? In this article, we give you two samples which you can use as a guide.
Penlighten Staff
In situations where you are applying for a new job or taking part in an adoption procedure, someone may need you to recommend you for the post or as a person suitable for being a parent. Reference letters written for such situations need to be drafted well, should be brief and concise, and showcase clarity of thought. These letters need to analyze people objectively without letting personal opinion color the same.

The person writing the letter needs to analyze those qualities of a person which will make him suitable for the situation at hand. It should asses a person's capabilities and abilities. Examples, if looked up, will tell you how a proper letter is drafted. In this article, we give you an example for a personal recommendation letter and an example of a referral letter for professional purposes.

Example of a Personal Referral Letter

In case you need to write a recommendation letter for a friend or family member, it can be difficult to set aside personal prejudices, and write a letter that is objective. It is up to you to highlight all their qualities without sounding overly enthusiastic and making the person you are recommending seem like a gift to mankind.

Martin Brennan
312, Ebony Boulevard
Cook County
Orlando - 675743

Date: 10th September 2010

To Whomsoever it May Concern

This letter is to recommend two people whom I have known for several years now as adoptive parents. I express my full support to Alyona Brennan King, my daughter, and Samuel King, my son-in-law.

Since she was a child, my daughter has dreamed of having kids of her own and as my eldest child, always took care of her younger siblings as a good guardian would. She has always been there for her siblings in case of any problems, whether it was taking care of sister when she had a heartbreak, or explaining things to her brother through his teenage years.

Samuel is a great son-in-law who is a good provider and is sensitive to the needs of his wife and family. I have seen him spend time with his niece and nephews and know that he is natural caregiver who will be a great father.

Both Alyona and Samuel are people who are optimistic and live lives that are active. Having kids of their own will allow them to share the happiness that they give all of us with their child. Both of them truly deserve the opportunity of being parents. I cannot think of anyone else who will keep a child happier.

In case of any queries, you can contact me on the address given in this letter or at 09605-646-555.

Thanking you

Yours sincerely
(Signature)
Martin Brennan

Example of Professional Referral Letter

While writing a letter of recommendation for someone whom you know on a professional level, you have the responsibility of not being overtly critical of the person. Objectively analyze those qualities of the person that you have found helpful to the organization.

Martha Sayles
Vice President, Public Relations
Best Books Publishing House
Elm Street
Orlando - 380350

Date: 10th September 2010

To Whomsoever it May Concern

This letter is being written to you on behalf of Ms. Angela Booth who has worked with me as Manager, Public Relations for the past two years now. During the entire period that she has worked with us, she has been an invaluable asset to the team. My recommendation to you is based on my observation of her in the last two years.

Angela was responsible for organizing several of our city tours for authors and in this capacity has shown her ability to multi-task and organize tasks very well. She was also responsible for communications with the print media and has on several occasions been our representative at book meetings. She has an eye for detail that gives her an edge over others.

Angela is well suited to the post of Assistant Vice President and we believe will be an asset to your organization. I recommend her highly for this job.

I would like to thank you for giving Angela Booth an opportunity to work with your organization. In case you have any queries you can contact me at the following address and phone number.

Martha Sayles
Vice President, Public Relations
Best Books Publishing House
Elm Street
Orlando - 380350
Phone Number - 9805-684-684

Thanking you,
Yours sincerely
(Signature)
Martha Sayles

Now that you have had an opportunity to take a look at two samples, the format of recommendation letter must be clear to you. Always remember that the sample should only be used a guide and not copied blindly changing details like name and designation.