To Whom it May Concern:

Mr. Smith worked for me at ABC Companies for three years, as a senior technical instructor. I am writing this letter to confirm that his recent layoff as not in any way tied to his performance, and to highly recommend him as an employee with your organization.

Had I been given the choice, I would not have laid Mr.Smith off. But it was not my decision to make. ABC decided to withdraw from the PC market, balance expenses with the anticipated reduction in sales revenue, and hire a consulting firm to evaluate long-term staffing needs. As a result, ABC drastically reduced the size of its workforce by dissolving the entire PC division, including the technical training department. Unfortunately, this major reorganization left no other position open for Mr. Smith. We regretfully had to let him go.

Mr. Smith is a conscientious, highly-skilled technical instructor, worthy of at least a senior to management position. He has keen insight into the learning process, and is an expert in needs analysis, project management, course development, and classroom instruction. Mr. Smith in-depth product knowledge, unique instructional techniques, and excellent people skills have consistently received rave reviews from his students. Should conditions at ABC change, I wouldn’t hesitate to hire him back.

If you would like to speak to me about Mr. Smith skills, talents and work habits, feel free to call 123.