Recommendation letter

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A letter of recommendation is one in which the writer assesses the qualities, characteristics, and capabilities of the person being recommended in terms of that individual's ability to perform a particular task or function. Recommendation letters are almost always specifically requested to be written about someone, and are therefore addressed to a particular requester. Letters of recommendation are typically related to employment, admissions to institutions of higher education or scholarship eligibility.

Recommendation vs. reference[edit]

The terms "recommendation letter" and "reference letter" are often the same and used interchangeably; however, there is a difference between the two types. A letter of recommendation is very specific in nature and normally requested and always addressed to an individual, whereas a letter of reference is more general in nature and usually addressed "to whom it may concern".[citation needed]