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Recommendation letter

A recommendation letter is written on behalf of an applicant by someone who can vouch for that person’s educational or professional performance. This letter is typically sent to an admissions officer or hiring manager considering a candidate for admission, employment, or a scholarship.

Letters of recommendation help round out an application. They do this by offering insight into an applicant’s qualities like integrity, intellectual curiosity, or leadership potential. Writing a strong letter of recommendation as a teacher, counselor, manager, or co-worker can help give an applicant an edge over their competition.

Reference letter

A reference letter is a positive endorsement of a person's skills and attributes, written by someone familiar with their work, character, and accomplishments. Reference letters are needed when applying for jobs, internships, volunteer positions, colleges, and graduate school programs.

The reference letter explains why the reader should select a candidate, and what qualifies them for the opportunity for which they're applying. Letters may be requested by the organization considering the individual for employment or acceptance at an institution, or they may be offered by the job seeker or applicant. 

Reviews

Customer ratings are given to a product or service on a scale ranging from 1 to 5, where 5 stars are the highest possible rating. 5-star reviews are seen as very positive feedback – giving businesses an indication that they're providing good services or products to customers.

The critique should be a balanced discussion and evaluation of the strengths, weaknesses, and notable features of the text. Remember to base your discussion on specific criteria. Good reviews also include other sources to support your evaluation (remember to reference). You can choose how to sequence your critique.

Differences

When it comes to reference and recommendation letters, people used to think they are the same thing, but no. They differ in purpose and style. A recommendation letter supports the candidate’s application for a specific scholarship, program, job, or other opportunities. While a reference letter is a general endorsement of the person’s character, knowledge, and skills.

As we think these two are very difficult to differentiate, we will give you more differences.

A recommendation letter is more specific that a reference letter. The recommendation letter is addressed directly to the person or entity who has requested it and it’s more specific to the position you are applying for. A reference letter is more general, you can request it from someone in advance and can make copies of it. 

In the recommendation letters the writer not only comments on the person’s strengths, and personal and professional qualities but also elaborates on how his skills and talents make him the ideal candidate for the position.

A letter of reference, on the other hand, is more general. The writer might discuss general characteristics such as the person’s work ethic, leadership potential, or ability to work as part of a team.

Now, with this point clear, let’s see the difference between these two and a Review. The review is made during or after the job, care, or any opportunity experience. While the recommendation and reference letters are delivered before the experience. 

Reviews are more informal and are made by people who are directly related to the experience to who the review is written, like a family who writes their experience with hiring a specific nanny or a nanny talking about their experience with a family who hired her. 

Recommendation and reference letters may be necessary when the nanny is searching for employment, employers may ask for them. 

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