Personal Letter of Recommendation
My online research indicates that there are many people looking for information and examples to help them draft what they refer to as a “personal letter of recommendation” or “personal recommendation letter”.
However, when I look into this a bit more carefully I find that it is not always obvious exactly which type of letter of recommendation these people are really seeking when they use the search term “personal letter of recommendation”.
For example; are they really looking to write a “character recommendation letter”? If so, is it employment-related, or college-related, or is it for some other purpose such as community service?
Is this “personal letter of recommendation” to be written for the person seeking the information, or is it to be drafted for a friend, relative, or colleague?
Sometimes people use the term “personal recommendation letter” when what they really mean is a “character reference letter” for employment or some other purpose, or they really want a “personal statement” related to college admission.
In reality there is no single letter type actually defined as a “personal recommendation letter”.
In fact, the approach to one of these letters is almost always directly related to the specific purpose of the letter being written. So, using the generic/general term “personal letter of recommendation” is not good enough to identify the actual type of letter one is seeking.
To demystify this confusion and further explain the different types of recommendation letters and reference letters, it is suggested that you refer to the following links for specific definitions and samples of all types of letters of recommendation and reference letters:
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Reference
This whole subject of recommendation letters versus reference letters can often be confusing and complicated. It is therefore very important that you are completely clear as to exactly which type you are drafting, and for which specific purpose.
Accordingly, I strongly suggest that you refer to the above-listed links before you start writing your own “personal recommendation letter”.
For the master source on writing ALL types of recommendation letters|
and reference letters,
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