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Reference Letter basics

A Reference Letter helps you aid someone else when they need you to speak on their behalf. Whether you're an employer, teacher, or a longtime friend, if someone's trusted you to vouch for them writing a Reference Letter is a simple way for you convey their qualities to anyone who needs to know.

Use the Reference Letter document if:

  • You've been asked to provide a reference for someone.
  • You're a teacher or manager and regularly have to provide references.
  • You're requesting a reference from someone and would like to provide them an example.

Most jobs, scholarships, and positions typically require a Letter of Reference. In addition, there's a lot of ground to cover in a Reference Letter: work ethic, ability, and the good character of the person you're writing about can all be important areas to touch on. You've got a lot of responsibility. You need to make sure you write professionally, truthfully, and give the kind of reference that helps someone stand out. If you're not a professional writer, don't panic. Don't miss out on details like how long you've known someone, their skillset, and why you think they're the best candidate. A Reference Letter document can help you write an endorsement that will be a real asset.

Other names for this document: Character Reference Letter, Professional Reference Letter, Job Reference Letter

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