Como escribir una carta de recomendación o referencia en inglés

Las cartas de recomendación suelen ser un requisito casi obligatorio para el mundo laboral actual, y en el caso que nos estemos enfrentando a una oferta de trabajo en el exterior o para agentes internacionales es bueno contar con una o varias cartas de referencia en inglés bajo la manga.

Lo siguiente es una guía básica de como debería ser la estructura de una carta correcta, y a continuación podemos ver un par de ejemplos de como son tales cartas:

Your Contact Information
Your Name
Your Title
Company or School Name
State, Zip Code


If you are writing a personal letter of reference, include a salutation (Dear Mr. Johnson, Dear Dr. Jameson, etc.). If you are writing a general letter, say “To Whom it May Concern” or don’t include a salutation. If you don’t include a salutation start your letter with the first paragraph.

First Paragraph
The first paragraph of a recommendation letter explains your connection to the person you are recommending, including how you know them, and why you are qualified to recommend the person for employment or school.

Second Paragraph
The second paragraph of a recommendation letter contains information about the individual you are writing about, including why they are qualified, what they can contribute, and why you are recommending them. If necessary, use more than one paragraph to provide details.

Third Paragraph
When writing a letter recommending a candidate for a specific job opening, the recommendation letter should include information on how the person’s skills match the position they are applying for. Ask for a copy of the job posting and a copy of the person’s resume so you can target your letter accordingly.

This section of the recommendation later contains a brief summary of why are you are recommending the person. State that you “strongly recommend” the person or you “recommend without reservation” or “has my highest recommendation” or something similar.

The concluding paragraph of your recommendation letter contains an offer to provide more information. Include a phone number within the paragraph, include the phone number and email address in the return address section of your letter, or in your signature.


Recommender Name




Catherine Zaboda
DRES, Inc.
532 East 95th Street
Every City, State, Zip

Dear Catherine,

April Rango has been an employee here at TREX, Inc. For the past five years. She has been a pleasure to work with, bringing her attention to detail to every project. Her communication and people skills are excellent, and she has some very innovative ideas.

I can highly recommend her for the opportunity that you have available. It is a very similar position to the one she has here, and she is well suited to the challenges it provides. April is a talented young woman, and everyone here wishes her all the best with her move to Every City. If you need any additional information, please contact me.

Best Regards,

Denise Spaat………………………….

To Whom it May Concern:

I highly recommend Jane Doe as a candidate for employment. Jane was employed by Company Name as an Administrative Assistant from 2002 – 2005. Jane was responsible for office support including word processing, scheduling appointments and creating brochures, newsletters, and other office literature.

Jane has excellent communication skills. In addition, she is extremely organized, reliable and computer literate. Jane can work independently and is able to follow through to ensure that the job gets done. She is flexible and willing to work on any project that is assigned to her. Jane was quick to volunteer to assist in other areas of company operations, as well.

Jane would be a tremendous asset for your company and has my highest recommendation. If you have any further questions with regard to her background or qualifications, please do not hesitate to call me.


John Smith



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