You might be asking yourself, is a reference letter and a recommendation letter the same? The answer to that would be no, despite some people using them as if they were.
What is a Recommendation Letter
A recommendation letter can be one of two types: a recommendation letter for work that will be for a new employer asking about a former employee, or a recommendation letter for an academic body asking about a student.
What is a Reference Letter
A reference letter evaluates a person´s characteristics and personal qualities, rather than professional qualities expressed in a recommendation letter.