Reference letters have the power to make a difference and give an added advantage to the applicants when they are seeking admission or employment. Generally, they are categorized as Academic, Character and Employment reference letters.
Before describing the positive points of the candidate make sure to establish your own credentials first. For that, it is best to write the reference letter on a formal letter-head which has the details of your job-title, name of your work place and contact information.
The first paragraph must state briefly who you are and in what capacity you know the applicant. It is also good to mention how well and for how long you have known the candidate. These details are important as they add to the credibility of the letter.
The body of the letter must concentrate on the positive aspects of the candidate, by giving specific examples. These positive facets must be those that are not clearly visible in a formal application form.
Remember to keep the letters sincere without going overboard with words of praise. It is best to highlight the plus-points again in the last paragraph, before concluding.
I am an account holder of your bank since last three years with a savings account number 237890. I would like to refer my friend John Bush who is keen to open a savings account in your bank.
I would like to inform you that John is working as a senior executive in a reputed organization since last three years. He is a very successful individual with great reputation in the professional field. He is aware about the norms and policies of the bank and I can assure you that he will always maintain the minimum balance required for the account.
It would be great if you accept his application and open a savings account for him.
I am writing this letter to refer Owen Stiller who is appearing before your court as has been accused of drunken driving.
The reason I am writing this letter is that I feel strongly about his character and can’t believe that he can commit a crime of drunken driving. Owen comes across as a very soft spoken and shy person. As much I know him he is not into drinking alcohol. He is a very responsible individual so even if he accidentally had drunk, he would never drive after drinking. He is a very good person from heart and has a clean record.
I am really concerned about this person’s future and can assure you that he has been accused wrongly.
I am writing this letter to refer Jack Ripper in regards to his character.
I would like to introduce myself as Luke Wilson, working in the position of an assistant manager in Raw Materials Limited. I have worked with Jack for ten years; he is an ex colleague. He is a very hard working person and everyone in the organization has immense respect for him. There has not been a single incident when there was a complaint against him. He is a cheerful and a very helpful person. He is also part of community activities and contributes to charity and other social events.
I was shocked to know that he is being tried for in the court. Please let me know if I can be of further help.
Subject: reference for the position of marketing executive
Dear Mr. Bin,
I, on behalf of my company Gas Garments Limited would like to refer Sam Mendes for the position of a marketing executive in your organization.
Sam is an ex employee of our company whose work tenure is from 4th of June 2010 to 12th of March 2012. He was working in a position of a marketing executive. He was an excellent employee who always exceeded his marketing target. He had great understanding of product knowledge and maintained excellent rapport with the customers. He had to leave as he had to move back to his hometown as his father is not keeping well.
I would request you to hire him and he will be an asset for your company.
This letter is to refer Ethan Hawk for the position of a marketing manager in your organization.
I got to know that there is vacancy in your organization for the position of a marketing manager. I believe that Ethan Hawk is an ideal candidate for this job position. He has worked as a marketing intern in our organization. Though he was an intern he impressed us with his performance which was much better than our full time employees. We would have hired him but we are shutting down our operations in this city. Ethan has excellent marketing skills. His qualifications also match your requirements.
I would request you to call him for an interview. Please find his resume enclosed with this cover letter.
I am writing this letter to refer Nick Carter for admission in your business school for a Masters in Business Administration degree.
Nick Carter was a student of Bachelors in Business Management from our college and had passed out in the year 2011. He has always been an all rounder with excellence in both sports as well as academics. He was a topper in his final semester results. His project works always used to be innovative and we always felt that he possesses an excellent business mind.
I would request you to give him an admission in your business school so that it benefits his career passing out from a reputed business school like yours.
This is to refer Danny Morris who has applied for the position of a sales executive in your organization. I have conducted a medical test on Danny and he has passed the medical test.
Danny had come to my hospital on 10th of May 2012 for a check up. He seems to be fine both physically as well as mentally. He has passed all the medical test that you had asked us to conduct. We had conducted a number of blood tests. The result of none of the blood tests was positive. His height is normal and his weight as per his height and weight is also fine.
The results prove that the candidate is a healthy one and you can confidently hire him.
I am writing this letter in order to refer my neighbor Brad Pit for a citizen’s card to be issued to him. I request you to please consider my reference.
Brad has been residing in our neighborhood since last three years. He is very peaceful and helpful as a neighbor. We never had any issues with him since he moved into our neighborhood. He is also very socially responsible as a person. He ensures that the neighborhood is always clean by dumping his garbage in the garbage truck. He never disturbs anyone by playing loud music and takes care of all his neighbors.
He deserves to get the citizenship card and so I request you to issue him the same.
I am writing this letter to refer one of my students for the job position of a sales executive in your organization.
Tim Burrton has passed out from our college this year after completing his Bachelor in Business Administration with specialization in sales. He has been an excellent student and passed out with great marks. He had excellent time management skills as he always submitted his assignments within deadline. He was also selected to do an internship with a reputed organization during his last semester. He is also excellent in the extracurricular events in which he took part.
I would request you to give him a chance and call him for an interview.