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Letter of Recommendation

Position of Trust, Special Duty, and/or Employment Position

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To Whom It May Concern:

I have worked with [First Last Name] for over # years and found him to be very dedicated and professional in the performance of any task assigned to him. [First Name] is eager to take on any job, especially the most difficult ones and is continually looking for new challenges.

Since [First Name] came to [Name of Company] he has become proficient and knowledgeable in the ESA operating system and related software products. He has installed and maintained numerous IBM and OEM software products many of which are critical to operations at [Name of Company]. [First Name] is a major player in upgrading our operating systems due to his skill at detecting, analyzing and recommending solutions to performance problems.

[First Name] was key participant in the Mainframe Andrew Disaster Recovery. He went above an beyond the call of duty, not only in leaving his personal life behind to fly to Colorado, but also in working 20 hour days to ensure the survival of our company.

He is a great team player and receives many complements from our user community pertaining to his quick assistance in resolving their problems. He has worked with technical, programming, and user project teams to provide technical advice and guidance during the implementation of many systems.

[First Name] has shown initiative by designing, implementing, documenting, and teaching many ISPF utility functions, which greatly enhance the productivity of our systems, & Programming staff.

I highly recommend [First Name] for a senior technical position in any organization. He would be a valuable asset to any company lucky enough to have him as an employee.

[First M. Last]
Master Technical Analyst


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Letter Added: 24 April 2006

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Revised: 04/24/06.