A character job reference is used to recommend an individual for employment. It is more personal and less formal than an employment reference from a previous employer and is useful when the candidate has little or no formal work experience.
It is advisable to write character reference letters for employment with the specific job opportunity in mind. Highlight those skills and personal attributes that are relevant to the type of job the person is applying for.
Get hold of a copy of the job posting or use a job description to tailor the character job reference letter. You can make use of these job descriptions to help you.
Sample character reference letter
To Whom It May Concern
I have known Lisa Green for over 5 years. She frequently babysits my two young children as well as pet sitting when we are on vacation.
Lisa has proven herself to be both reliable and honest. She is enthusiastic and energetic and always willing to go the extra mile. Lisa arranges stimulating games for my children to participate in, she creates interesting crafts with them and patiently assists them with their homework. In addition she transports them to activities and is well organized in ensuring that they are punctual and properly equipped.
Her confidence, excellent communication skills and courteous manner impress the people she interacts with. Lisa is flexible and quite prepared to adjust her schedule to accommodate our requirements.
Lisa is diligent in undertaking her pet sitting duties and takes it on herself to perform a number of extra tasks such as washing and grooming the dogs. She is a self-reliant person who uses her initiative to solve problems and meet challenges.
Lisa's combination of abilities and work ethic will prove an asset to any organization and I highly recommend her for employment. Please contact me should you require any further information.
Personal attributes to highlight
These are the attributes that contribute to successful job performance in a wide range of career fields.
They are the behaviors that employers look for in candidates. Use this list to customize your character reference.
organized disciplined reliable dependable motivated teamplayer flexible adaptable innovative honest trustworthy enthusiastic
energetic hard working loyal communication skills problem-solving initiative conscientious tenacious quick to learn responsible creative interpersonal skills
Sample Character Reference Letter from a teacher, principal, professor or coach.