News Ticker

HUMOR: How To Write A Recommendation Letter When You Have Nothing Nice To Say

Have you ever had to write a recommendation letter for an employee, but you didn’t know what to write, because if you were honest they might not get the job?

Well Robert Thornton, professor of economics at Lehigh University, has the answer for you.

He composed a humorous solution in the form of the ideal letter to fit such an awkward situation. Here it is:

funny recommendation letters

“I am pleased to say that this candidate is a former colleague of mine. In my opinion you will be fortunate to get this person to work for you. I recommend him with no qualifications whatsoever. No person would be better for the job. I urge you to waste no time in making this candidate an offer of employment. All in all, and without reservation, I cannot say enough good things about him, nor can I recommend him too highly.”


Source: A book calledThe Lexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations (L.I.A.R.)by Robert Thornton 

NOTE: 2BH always uses affiliate links to Amazon, but we never recommend a book simply for the commission.  (It’s not big enough to be worth that.)  We just think that Amazon might as well cover an occasional Starbucks drink for us in exchange for sending people to buy books from them!  🙂  **If it bothers you that the links above are affiliate links, then copy the title above and go to here.  No commission will be given to us if you use the link in the previous sentence.  The book is worth it for you to get it either way!


Photo by Robert Couse-Baker

Related article

About Scott Aughtmon (1864 Articles)
I’m author of the book 51 Content Marketing Hacks. I am also a regular contributor to and I am the person behind the popular infographic 21 Types of Content We Crave. I’m a business strategist, consultant, content creation specialist, and speaker. I’ve been studying effective marketing and business methods (both online and offline) since 1999. ===> If you would like to see ways that we could work together, then please click here to learn more.