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Whenever you are being asked to write a letter of recommendation for someone, it's important that you consider this task carefully.
Does it makes sense for you to be the person writing the recommendation letter, or should it be someone else who has more direct knowledge of the person? If so, then why wasn't that person been asked to write the letter?
"Never provide a recommendation letter for someone you wouldn't hire yourself."
If you are placed in a situation where you are not comfortable writing a letter of recommendation, you should be open and honest about your reasons for not writing the letter with the requestor.
Perhaps you simply don't have first-hand knowledge of his or her skills in a particular area, or you haven't actually observed their work, or you have no real knowledge of what the person is like to work with. These are all valid reasons for politely declining the request.
Consider first and foremost how your own credibility and character may be judged if you are to recommend this person and later he or she turns out to be bad employee. This is just one more reason why it may make sense to bow out gracefully, hopefully without hurting anyone's feelings. However, do not hesitate to be candid about your concerns or objections.
Assuming you do qualify as the appropriate person to write the letter of recommendation and you are fully comfortable in doing so, there are a few tips provided below that will assist you.
In addition, we've provided an example of recommendation letter template in our free tools section so be sure to take full advantage of that resource.
Ready to write a letter of recommendation? Here are a few helpful tips that you need to know to ensure a positive and successful experience:
"Determine if the job opportunity is a good match for the applicant before agreeing to make a formal recommendation."
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