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personal qualities 

Does this person get along with peers? 
Does this person have a good sense of humor?

past accomplishments

What are the principal two or three accomplishments this person has achieved under my guidance?


What are some points this person must address to advance his/her career?
How well does this person learn from past mistakes?

future potential 

What do I believe this person is capable of achieving?

Letters of recommendation vary widely in content and form, but solid letters contain a number of common traits. Here below is an outline for a well-structured letter that covers all main points. 


First Paragraph: Introduce Yourself
Begin the letter by clearly stating your position, where you work, your relationship to the applicant, and how long you have known and/or worked with the applicant. 

Second Paragraph: Give Your General Impression of the Applicant


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