It may be a great feeling when someone asks us to give them our recommendation, but it is also a lot of responsibility. You can only provide a recommendation if you can truthfully declare that the person in question has indeed been a credit to you. If this is not the case, it is best to politely decline writing one, as recommendation letters are nothing if not honest!
For those of us who have written recommendation letters before, it won’t come as a surprise if we say that you cannot write anything that suggests negativity in a recommendation letter. Stretching the truth a little bit is sometimes important when writing a recommendation letter, but you cannot provide false information. While this happens not too often, some employers do contact the people who have written recommendations to verify the information in them. In such a case, it might be difficult to keep up appearances if you have exaggerated in the letter!
Recommendation letters are usually To Whom It May Concern affairs. Most of the time, the recommender does not know who the recipient of the letter will be. In circumstance when one does know who the recipient is, it is best to address the person. For all other types of recommendation letters, here is a format that you can follow:
October 19, 2016
To Whom It May Concern
I am happy to write this letter of recommendation for Abigail Coleman who worked as a flight attendant under my supervision at Spirit Airlines since January 2011. Being the head purser on most of the Abigail’s flights, I have realized that she is an epitome of professionalism and hard work, a rare combination these days.
During one international flight, Abigail’s true abilities surfaced, as she handled a particularly difficult passenger who was intoxicated. Her calm and patient manner, and her ability to stand tall in the face of adversity impressed me tremendously. She is a pleasant individual who knows when to stay firm and how much to let go. Even during her training period, she displayed thorough professionalism, and a great will to keep learning throughout. Some of Abigail’s main attributes include her persistence, the ability to provide high quality service to passengers, and work-related diligence, sometimes even ranging with obsession with work.
I believe in Abigail’s outstanding abilities to work as a flight attendant in whichever capacity she intends to work in. It is satisfying to be able to give her my highest recommendation. I can be reached at (000) 674-5784 if you require any further information regarding her qualifications as a flight attendant.
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