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You may have been asked to write a letter recommending a candidate for a particular job or a specific area of study. Before you start writing the first things that come to mind, consider the following aspects of how to write a letter of recommendation. The information provided can be extremely valuable for a hiring manager or admissions officer to determine an individual's suitability. Your words could be the key to someone's success.

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1. Are You Qualified to Provide the Recommendation?

Before agreeing to prepare a recommendation letter, consider if you are qualified to appropriately judge the candidate's skills. How well you know the person and what they are capable of is important. If you are unable to create a letter that is positive and flattering, it is acceptable to turn down the request. Knowing the person well and understanding their achievements is key.

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