Letters of Reference Writing Resources
Letters of Reference - Writing Resources

Based on my experience over the years writing literally thousands of letters covering just about every situation imaginable, I would have to say that "letters of reference" are among the most difficult to write, of all types of letters.

I'm referring here to the "letter of reference" in all of its various forms, including: reference letter, letter of reference, character reference letters, employment-related reference letters, college-related reference letters, and general reference letters.

Of course, it gets extra tricky when you realize that letters of reference are needed for a number of different life situations and purposes including: employment, college/university, business, institutional, government, and community service.

REMEMBER, letters of reference are ALWAYS important because they deal with someone's future, business or personal - either yours or someone else's. So if you're going to write one, make sure you take the time and trouble to get it right. If you aren't willing or able to do that, let someone else do it.

Should you decide to write a letter of reference on your own, there are some basic tips and techniques of which you need to be aware if you hope to write a suitable and effective letter. So, what I have done here is put together this little "letter of reference resource page" containing links to the various resources on this Web site that are specific to the writing of the various forms of a letter of reference.

For each resource, I'll briefly describe what you will find there, followed by the link.

Letter of Reference Resources

Letters of Reference Defined
If you just arrived at this page and aren't really sure whether you need to write a letter of reference or a letter of recommendation, or some derivative thereof, you should check out the main page on this Web site for some clear definitions.
Basic Definitions

Reference Writing Tips and Strategies
Letters of reference are situational by their very nature. This page contains a number of tips and guidelines to follow when considering whether you will write a reference letter, and what your approach might be.
Writing Tips and Strategies

Reference Power Phrases
All letters of reference are comprised of three key components: opening statements, assessment statements, and closing statements. This article explains those components and provides examples.
Power Phrases

Letter of Reference Samples
This page contains links to some sample letters of reference that you can use as examples when drafting your own letters.
Sample Letters

Reference Resource Alerts
Every day, Google adds new Web and News resources related to reference letters and letters of reference to its index. This page contains those latest reference Google Alerts.
Google Alerts

Instant Recommendation Letter Kit
If you're looking to fast-track the writing of any type of reference letter you'll want to check out the latest Revised Edition of Instant Recommendation Letter Kit - How to Write Winning Letters of Recommendation. It includes 79 fully-formatted templates that you can download straight into your word processor and work with right away.
Instant Recommendation Letter Kit

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