Dear Sir or Madam:
This letter is my personal recommendation for Chase. I have been his housemate and coworker for the past 8 months and it has given me the interesting opportunity to see many different sides of his multifaceted persona. I’ve found him to be consistently adventurous and unabashedly curious, and I heartily recommend him for an English language teaching position.
When we started work together at the Patent Office, Chase arrived in Washington DC several weeks before I did. Having the apartment to himself, almost every day he ventured out into the city to explore and meet new people. He helped start a book club almost at the drop of a hat and has been a consistent member and contributor throughout its existence. A prodigious reader, Chase attempts to recruit me almost on a weekly basis regardless of how successful he has historically been.
All of this stems from an insatiable inner curiosity. From deciphering the unknown kanji character on our neighbors welcome matt to his trip to Japan, Chase is driven by the desire to learn and experience new things outside the realm of what is known and comfortable. In the words of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the best teacher is the one who inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
To conclude, I would like to restate my strong recommendation for Chase. If you have any further questions regarding Chaseâ€™s ability or this recommendation, please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail or phone.
Chase, welcome to the Internet.
Update as of May 6, 2006:
This is an actual letter of recommendation that was sent to a company seeking to hire Chase. He has since received an offer of employment for his desired position. Feel free to use this is an example of the power of my words.
Never doubt me again.