Writing a self-recommendation letter should begin by determining the audience for which it is intended. You then need to create an objective description of your achievements and an honest account of your strengths. It is important to keep the letter formal by avoiding casual phrasing, jokes or arrogance.
- Determine your audience
The information provided in your recommendation letter depends on the intended recipient. It is important for the information to make sense within the bounds of your relationship. If the letter is for a job application, focus on your relevant skills and qualifications for the job. If the self-recommendation is to establish character traits or to highlight skills in social or educational applications, adapt the focus to feature personality traits, passions and goals.
- State your achievements positively
Use direct language and positive actions that appropriately describe your achievements and skills. Get rid of any fluff and self-deprecating padding. Keep everything positive, and back up all of your claims with a clear example or reason.
- Focus on your strengths
Avoid directly listing your weaknesses; instead, take the opportunity to market relevant information that is otherwise unknown. Fill in gaps and identify strengths that may come in handy for the topic in question. Avoid repeating yourself. Finally, seek feedback from a third party to make sure none of your strengths are overlooked or inadequately explained.