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Greta Johanssen
Sales Manager
Streambase Corp.
66 Western Boulevard
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87500

Dear Ms. Johanssen,

Its my pleasure to provide this letter of recommendation for James as he seeks employment
in software sales with Streambase. As Jamess sole direct manager at Waretech, Ive worked
closely with him over the past three years, sharing the same open office space the majority of
the time. James showed excellent communication skills and consistently exceeded company
quotas. On a personal level, hes charismatic and well-spoken, both qualities that have served
him well in his role as software sales professional.

Due to his wifes cross-country transfer, James is seeking employment out west. All of us at
Waretech will be sad to see such a valuable employee go, but our loss is truly your gain.
Allow me to point out three examples of Jamess strengths.

First, James brought great value to Waretech by consistently exceeding quotas and selling in
the top 15% of his peers. James has an understanding of market trends and instincts for
identifying and pursuing qualified leads. Not only does he provide stellar service to existing
clients, but hes established a number of new business-to-business and business-to-customer
accounts during his time at Waretech. Last fall, for instance, he added Voxacorp to our client
list, a huge acquisition, and has been working closely with its IT department ever since.
James has the combination of business acumen and communication skills that makes him an
outstanding salesperson.

Second, James has a very strong grasp of technology. He knows our software inside and out
and helps relay technical information to customers in an accessible way. He explains our
products clearly to customers and makes the most of technological avenues to gain new leads
and customize his sales pitch to clients. During an early review, I observed him discuss in
detail with a prospective client the specific ways that our software could boost the sales of her
online bakery. By monitoring clients presence across our website and blog, he provides each
one with personalized service to meet his/her needs. James makes the most of technology to
find new prospects, provide modern solutions, and drive results.

Finally, James has proven himself to be a strong cultural fit here at Waretech. Hes always
ready to lend a helping hand to his teammates and contributes during brainstorming sessions
and meetings between the sales and marketing teams. Last month, James co-led an
enlightening meeting on content marketing and account management. Outside of official
events, James also takes turns leading weekly spin classes at our in-house gym. James is an
active member of the Waretech team and supports his colleagues professionally and
personally (not to mention athletically!).

In closing, Id like to restate my strong support for Jamess application to the role of software
sales professional with Streambase. Im confident that he will surpass your expectations in
this new role. James is driven, self-confident, proactively helpful, and smart, and I know he
will continue to find success in sales. Please feel free to contact me at (866) 811-5546 or
ssaasman@streambase.com with any other questions. Thank you for your time.


Samuel Saasman
Sales Manager
Streambase, Inc.
(866) 811-5546

From teacher

Mr. Henry Nichols

School Principal
Cityville Middle School
1 School Road
Cityville, NJ 08008

Dear Principal Nichols,

Its my honor and pleasure to provide this letter of recommendation for Julia as she pursues
an art teaching position with Cityville Middle School. As the principal of Townston Middle
School, Ive enjoyed having Julia on the teaching team for grades 6 through 8. Well all miss
her and her contributions to our school community.

Unfortunately, budgetary restrictions have forced us to reduce the art teaching faculty, and as
the most recent hire, Julia will no longer have a position with us next year. This decision in
no way reflects on her skills, and I wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy as she seeks a
position elsewhere. Its my wish that she finds a school with the resources to support her
talent for teaching art.

Julia started her teaching career with us fresh out of graduate school two years ago. She
brought with her a solid training in pedagogical methods and art history, along with great
energy and enthusiasm. She introduced several new projects that are now a part of the
curriculum, including a self-portrait assignment that asks students to reflect on their
identities, a stop-motion animation project using clay and iPads, and a papier-mache sled
challenge that resulted in fun races down the hill beside the school. Julia also contributed to
the 3D Printer Build-a-Thon, a weekend-long event during which students, educators, and
community members came together to assemble over 20 3D printers. Julia brings exciting
new ideas to life; Im confident that she will continue her momentum with her next school.

Julia also impressed me with her commitment to lifelong learning. She successfully
collaborated with her mentor, took advantage of several professional development
opportunities offered in the district, and took classes on digital technology and special
education over the last two summers. She also went out of her way to elicit feedback from her
students, inviting them to share their experiences at the end of each semester. Its this
commitment to growth and her students well-being that makes Julia an outstanding educator
who empowers her pupils.

Julia is charismatic and creative, and she thinks outside the box. She has shown excellent
classroom management skills and developed a rapport with students, colleagues, and parents
that is characterized by mutual respect. At the end of last year, I had a parent come to me
specifically to praise Julia's teaching and the impact she's had on her son. Beyond her
strengths as an art teacher, Julias also a talented artist and has some of her oil and acrylic
paintings displayed in a nearby gallery.

Julia has my highest recommendation for the position of art instructor, and I look forward to
learning more about the accomplishments that lie in her professional future. If the
circumstances were different, I would strive to retain Julia on our art department teaching
team. Please dont hesitate to contact me for any further information. Thank you for your


Elsa Skools
School Principal
Townston Middle School
(866) 811-5546

Rita Bookman
Cooper Books Publishing House
74 Reading Street
New York, New York 10020

Dear Rita Bookman,

Im writing to express my wholehearted support for Adams application to the position of

Editorial Assistant with Cooper Books Publishing House. As Adams supervisor during his
student internship with Bibliophile Publishing in the fall of 2015, I met with him frequently
to assign responsibilities and discuss the industry. I was impressed with Adams writing
skills, initiative, and ability to meet deadlines. Adam became a valued member of the
Bibliophile team, and Im confident that he has a successful career in publishing ahead of
As an intern in our Editorial Department, Adam had a number of responsibilities. He worked
with members of the editorial staff on various projects, including reading and reporting on
manuscript submissions, editing promotional materials, and completing fact checks. Adam
was especially skilled at seeking out new authors on online journals and blogs, even
introducing us to a new writer with whom we have started to collaborate! Its clear that Adam
has a passion for the written word and a great eye for promising young authors.

As an English major at NYU, Adam brought a rich knowledge of historical and contemporary
literature. Hes also a skilled editor and proofreader and has an understanding of the Chicago
Manual of Style. He prepared three social science works with CMS citations to publication-
ready form during the course of his internship. After just a week or two in the office,
furthermore, Adam was working independently on manuscript reviews and other projects.
Hes self-motivated, attentive to detail, and skilled at both independent and collaborative

Beyond his editorial skills, Adam left a mark with his open, thoughtful personality. He is
well-spoken and intellectual, and he lights up when talking about ideas and literary trends. On
his first day, we had a great conversation about Karen Russell and Adam Johnson, a couple of
his favorite contemporary novelists. A community of fellow book-lovers is exactly where
Adam belongs. Not only can he hold his own in a discussion about great books, but he can
also communicate in a multilingual setting with his fluent Spanish and intermediate French.
Adams charming personality and language skills will be another boon to his success in an
editorial role.

In closing, Id like to reiterate my strong support for Adams application to the Editorial
Assistant position with Cooper Books. Adam is a talented young man driven by a passion for
literature and contemporary publishing. Please dont hesitate to contact me for any further
information. Thank you for your time.


Seymour Pages
Bibliophile Publishing

Covering letter
1. Standard, conservative style
This is ideal for sectors such as business, law, accountancy and retail. For more creative
sectors, a letter like this might be less appealing, and could work against you.
Dear Mr Black,

Please find enclosed my CV in application for the post advertised in the Guardian on 30

The nature of my degree course has prepared me for this position. It involved a great deal of
independent research, requiring initiative, self-motivation and a wide range of skills. For one
course, [insert course], an understanding of the [insert sector] industry was essential. I found
this subject very stimulating.

I am a fast and accurate writer, with a keen eye for detail and I should be very grateful for the
opportunity to progress to market reporting. I am able to take on the responsibility of this
position immediately, and have the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that I make a
success of it.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this application and I look forward to hearing from
you in the near future.

Yours sincerely

2. Standard speculative letter

This may vary according to the nature of the organisation and the industry you're applying to.

Dear Mr Brown,

I am writing to enquire if you have any vacancies in your company. I enclose my CV for your

As you can see, I have had extensive vacation work experience in office environments, the
retail sector and service industries, giving me varied skills and the ability to work with many
different types of people. I believe I could fit easily into your team.

I am a conscientious person who works hard and pays attention to detail. I'm flexible, quick
to pick up new skills and eager to learn from others. I also have lots of ideas and enthusiasm.
I'm keen to work for a company with a great reputation and high profile like [insert company

I have excellent references and would be delighted to discuss any possible vacancy with you
at your convenience. In case you do not have any suitable openings at the moment, I would
be grateful if you would keep my CV on file for any future possibilities.

Yours sincerely

3. Letter for creative jobs

We've used the example of a copywriter but you can adapt it for your profession. The aim of
a creative letter is to be original and show you have imagination, but understand what the job
entails. Balance is essential: don't be too wacky, or it will turn off the reader.
Dear Ms Green,

Confused by commas?
Puzzled by parenthesis?
Stumped by spelling?
Perturbed by punctuation?
Annoyed at the apostrophe? (And alliteration?)

Well, you're not alone. It seems that fewer and fewer people can write. Unfortunately, there
are still a lot of people who can read. So they'll spot a gaffe from a mile off. And that means
it's a false economy, unless you're 100% sure of yourself, to write your own materials. (Or to
let clients do it for themselves.)

To have materials properly copywritten is, when one considers the whole process of
publishing materials and the impact that the client wishes to make, a minor expense.
Sloppiness loses clients, loses customers.

There is an answer. Me. Firm quotes are free. You can see some of what I do on my
multilingual website at [insert web address]. If you'd like, I can get some samples out to you
within 24 hours. And, if you use me, you'll have some sort of guarantee that you can sleep
soundly as those tens of thousands of copies are rolling off the presses.

Luck shouldn't come into it!

With kindest regards