It is not very often that coworkers are required to write recommendation letters for each other but when they are, the recommendation is usually quite great! In fact, it is the easiest to write a letter of recommendation for someone with whom you have worked for some time. Coworkers know each other well, both professionally and personally, and can easily vouch for their character and work prowess.
A recommendation letter of this sort is not usually asked for – an individual may decide that he wants to ask for a recommendation letter from a coworker, rather than from a manager. If you have been approached by your colleague to do this, you will need to keep a few things in mind. The first is that if you cannot honestly write positive things about your coworker, simply decline to write one. Letters of recommendation must be positive pieces of writing.
Firstly, ask your coworker where the recommendation will be going – for a job or rental purposes. Then write it accordingly. Depending on who will read it, you have to write a recommendation letter that outlines his or her professional or personal attributes – or both. Here is one that does a little bit of both:
September 2, 2016
To Whom It May Concern
Sirius Black and I have worked together for almost two decades now – first at Joe’s Aesthetics and then at Netpores. It will be an understatement to say that Sirius is an extremely professional individual who takes his work seriously and provides mentorship where needed. Even though we began work at both places at the same time, I have often looked up to him for his sheer wisdom and analytic approach to every problem.
As a professional, Sirius is completely no-nonsense. And as a coworker, he is great support and never wants credit for anything. During the course of a project that he and I did together some years ago, I fell ill and could not put in enough hours to justify my timesheet. Sirius surprised me with his professionalism and kind heart when he worked extra hours to make up for the time I lost. He has been looked up to by his colleagues and underlings for as long as I can remember, as he has the talent to get along with people from all backgrounds.
I wish Sirius all the best for his future endeavors. If there is any further information that you require from me, I can be contacted at (000) 124-7454.