Character Reference Letters Basics

Character Reference Letters

There are generally three main components of a reference letter, not including the address, date, salutation, and closing. Those three main parts are the introduction, body, and conclusion. It is here that the meat of your letter resides. In these three sections you list the positive qualities and attributes of the applicant as you see them.

Generally every employment reference letter will contain the same information. It is a compilation of your positive qualities and abilities as an employee. This is why always performing to the best of your ability in a work situation is important, you never know where it will help you down the road.

Here are some quick tips to help you write a reference or recommendation letter for a friend, co-worker or employee.

* Although recommendation letters are written to a wide variety of people for a variety of reasons, most follow a standard format. When writing your referral letter, keep the following points in mind:
* There has been a noticeable rise in lawsuits against employers and referral agencies for hiring and referring candidates who were unfit for their jobs and who also harmed innocent third parties. Sometimes, the basis of these negligent hiring and referral lawsuits is that the employer didn't do a complete reference check on the candidate or misrepresented the qualifications and characteristics of the candidate.
* Here are some tips on preparing references, and some samples of reference letters and the types of information that may properly be released during a reference check.

* Here are some tips on preparing references, and some samples of reference letters and the types of information that may properly be released during a reference check.



Here is a reference letter sample for you.

To Whom it May Concern:

I highly recommend Name as a candidate for employment. Name was employed by Company as an Administrative Assistant from 2002 - 2005. Name was responsible for office support including word processing, scheduling appointments and creating brochures, newsletters, and other office literature.

He has established an outstanding rapport with store managers and owners. He ability to get work done through the service personnel has been outstanding. Name is highly respected by the people who work under his supervision, he is organized, thorough in her paperwork, and is always on time.

Name is active in various student organizations. She works very well with others probably because she is a sincere and honest person. She is enthusiastic and hard working and is very much respected by the faculty and students alike. She is a mature person who takes her responsibilities seriously.

Name is active in various student organizations. She works very well with others probably because she is a sincere and honest person. She is enthusiastic and hard working and is very much respected by the faculty and students alike. She is a mature person who takes her responsibilities seriously.

Name has done an excellent job and I would highly recommend her for a position with your organization. Please let me know if I can provide you with any further information.

Respectfully,

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Character Reference Letters