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A General Reference Letter (also known as Letter of Recommendation) is a document written to provide recommendation for another person.This document is used to endorse the qualifications, traits, achievement of a candidate who is seeking admission or fellowship in an institution, for financial grants/scholarship or used for other personal or business purposes.
There is no particular form of writing a reference letter, but the document should give positive information about the person being recommended and the letter should be written by a person who is very familiar with the candidate and can attest to their character, skills and qualifications.
If an employment or work related reference is required, an Employment Reference Letter is available for download on the website.
This document outlines the name, address, phone and email address of the person giving the recommendation, the name and address of the person being recommended, a description of the relationship between the person giving the recommendation and the person being recommended, the core interests, skills and abilities of the person being recommended. The reference letter explains the reasons why the person being recommended should be considered.
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This is a general purpose document that can be used for different purposes. It can be used by any person to give a general report about another person's qualities or abilities on a personal level. It can also be used by persons (such as former lecturers or teachers or other persons) who intend to give a report about the work or academic excellence and recommend he/she for a certain position he/she is applying for.
It is usually used at the request of the person being recommended.
After filling this form, the sender (who is typically an officer of the organization, for example, the manager, human resources manager etc.) of this letter must sign the document and send it to the former employee.
There are no laws regulating the form and contents of this document. However, it is usually written when required to provide recommendation for another person.
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