How to Thank Someone for a Letter of Recommendation

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When a person writes a letter of recommendation for you, she is taking time out of her day for you. Depending upon what the recommendation required, she could have spent a few hours thinking and writing about you, your experience and the skills you could bring to a position. To acknowledge the time and effort she put into composing your letter of recommendation, you should take the time to write a sincere thank you letter to her.

  • Begin the letter by reminding the person what the recommendation letter was for. She may be quite busy and may have forgotten about the letter she composed for you, so a simple reminder is helpful.

  • State that you are thankful for the time and effort she put into composing the letter.

  • State whether or not you were successful in obtaining what you wished with the recommendation letter.

  • Write about why you applied for the position you were applying for and how the recommendation letter helped you achieve your goals.

  • End the letter with another thank you sentence and tell her that you hope to stay in contact with her. Include your contact details so that she can contact you as well.

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