Explain how you know the applicant. How long have you known the person and in what relationship or circumstance?

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• State your qualifications for writing the referral letter. Why should the reader be interested in your referral? How many other people of the applicant's caliber have you known, and why does the applicant stand out? • List the applicant's exceptional qualities and skills, especially those that are specific to the applicant's field of interest or job requirements. For example, competency in his/her field or prior experience, organizational and communication skills, academic or other achievements, interaction with others, sound judgment, reliability, analytical ability, etc. • Emphasize key points that you want the reader to note on the applicant's resume or job application. Be sure to elaborate meaningfully; don't simply restate. • Give your judgment of the applicant, his/her qualifications and potential. Why should he/she be considered over other people? How does he/she compare to other people you have known? Do not state weaknesses. If you can't write a positive letter of referral, ... more
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