Okay, so you have a prized employee who now wants to leave so that he can study further. You don’t want him to go but seriously, you will not be doing him any favors by trying to stop him. What you can do is to write a glowing recommendation letter for him which will help him get into a college program easily.
Your recommendation letter should begin with to whom it may concern as you do not know who will be reading it. If the employee knows who will be reading the letter, by all means address it to that person. The recommendation letter should chart out the employee’s brilliant performance while he worked for you, the various positive personality traits that he has and how you see him fit into the college program that he has chosen to enroll into.
A recommendation letter of this type can hold a lot of information but try to stick to the specifics of the program. If possible, ask your employee (now ex-employee) to provide you with an outline of the course he intends to take up. This will make it easier for you to write a recommendation which is tailored to the situation.
December 15, 2015
To Whom It May Concern
I have been Andy Neeson’s supervisor at Macy’s for a little over a year now and have been impressed with his ability to delve deep into his work on a number of occasions. In the role of a sales representative, Andy has done more than his share of work. Some of his main attributes are his persistence and diligence, sometimes even ranging with obsession at work.
Owing to Andy’s accuracy and meticulousness, we have never had cause for concern where both sales and marketing activities are concerned. On his own initiative, Andy handled item stocking duties according to the 4 Ps of marketing, which brought about a great response from our customers.
Andy is not interested in pursuing a degree in business, a niche which I am positive he is well able to handle. His assiduity and devotion to work is bound to make him a great contributor in class and I am positive that he will graduate with flying colors. As a student, you will find him intelligent and absolutely focused, a quality which is a rarity nowadays.
I give Andy my highest recommendation for enrollment in the business program in your college, without reservation. Please feel free to contact me at (333) 333-3333 for any further information.
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