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In simple words, a recommendation letter is written in order to cite good words for a person. It is a method of justifying your trust in a person's potential. As such, the letter writing should be in a manner that will justify the cause of the letter, in totality. The letter would vary as per whoever it is being written for. Some simple recommendation letters are given in the article below.

#1: For a Former Employee

These letters are written in order to recommend a former employee for another job. Mostly, they are written only if the employee has left the organization on good terms and has met the expectations of the organization. You may consider this as a leadership recommendation letter.

To Whomsoever It May Concern,

This letter is to formally recommend Sandy Cox. He has been an employee of my organization for 3 years. He has served the organization with great passion and zeal and has been a valued asset in our team.

Sandy started his career in our organization at an entry-level. He proved his potential and worth within no time and started his journey up the hierarchical ladder. Within the first year, he attained an Assistant Manager Post and did brilliant justice to the same. He motivated his team and has shown brilliant leadership skills. He is very proactive, which makes him indispensable in any aspect of company matters. His charm, wit and intelligence soon got him promoted to the managerial level.

He has been instrumental in the set up and growth of various company policies and has carried off, all his responsibilities in the organization with commitment and flair.

I highly recommend Sandy for employment. He is a team player and a born leader.

Sincerely,
David Bing,
CEO,
XYZ Enterprises.

#2: For a Scholarship

These letters are written in order to recommend an individual for a coveted scholarship. It is mostly written when the individual, to a great extent, has shown acumen in the field in question. A basic letter of recommendation is provided below.

To Whomsoever It May Concern,

I would gladly recommend Martha Brady for your Special Business Scholarship Program. She has been an outstanding student since the first grade. I strongly recommend her as a recipient of your scholarship.

I am sure that Martha will continue to succeed in her studies. She is a dedicated student, and her grades have been consistently exemplary. She always shows great initiative and diligence. In fact, she is able to develop intelligent plans and implement them successfully.

She has demonstrated admirable leadership skills. Many new students in her school have sought her advice at an academic as well as personal level, and have found their queries answered with her.

For the reasons mentioned above and many more, I highly recommend Martha.
Her drive to succeed, her abilities, and impressive academic achievements make her a worthy candidate for the scholarship. If you have any questions regarding Martha's character or achievements, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Renee Houston.

A similar format can be followed for recommendation for a business school applicant, college admission, or a school transfer

#3: Personal Recommendation

We meet many people in our day-to-day lives, it may become difficult to judge a person's character. Like, in case of a judge. Often, in order to come to a specific verdict a judge may require personal recommendations about a specific individual. These kinds of personal reference letters are used at such a time. Like, one could write it to recommend a friend.
To Whomsoever It May Concern,

I have personally interacted with Hugh Depp on several occasions. He has been my neighbor for the past 5 years. I would like to personally recommend Hugh as a person of good character and intentions.

Hugh works with a software company. As such, his work hours are erratic. However, he has a normal social life and loves to entertain. Hugh is a people's person and a thorough gentleman.

He does his bit for the society. Although, he is a smoker, he refuses to smoke in public or stub his cigarette in the street.
Furthermore, I would say that he is an honest citizen and loves his country.

Sincerely,
Jack Pauls,
Professor,
Empire College School of Law

All the names in the letter samples given above are fictitious.

While drafting the letter, make sure the language isn't too professional or too personal. Be careful regarding the information you give as well.