Sample Reference Letter

Professional sample reference letter that is easy to adapt for your own use. Select the appropriate work reference letter from the sample letters and use it as a guide to writing your own employment reference letter for an employee.

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Prospective employers rely on job references to provide valid and accurate information about the job candidate. Job seekers rely on their employment references to assist them in convincing potential employers of their suitability for the job opportunity.

It is important to ensure your reference letter achieves both these purposes.

This is a general professional job reference provided for an employee when they leave a company. It is not addressed to any individual in particular and can be used by the candidate in their job search.

General Sample Reference Letter


To whom it may concern

John Smith was employed by ABC Company as a Junior Accountant from Date to Date. He reported directly to me during this period.

John was responsible for the preparation of monthly financial statements and monthly financial reports. He assisted with tax computations and returns and with budgets and forecasts. In addition he helped administer the payroll and coordinated the audit process.

John performed all these tasks competently and with commitment and enthusiasm. He has demonstrated the ability to work under pressure and to plan and organize successfully to meet tight deadlines. His close attention to detail has resulted in meticulous and accurate work. His strong interpersonal and communication skills have allowed him to develop good working relationships with both his colleagues and management.

John was a great asset to this company and I highly recommend him for employment. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Mike Manager

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Contact number
Email address

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Sample Character Reference Letter

This is a sample reference letter for a person who you know well but who you have not worked with. It is a personal reference and provides information about the person's character and what you know about the person that would be applicable to a work environment.

It is often used for job seekers who have little or no formal work experience or employment history.



To whom it may concern

I have known Jane Smith for over 6 years. She has been my neighbor during this time. In addition she has worked as a baby sitter for my children and helped out with homework and transport.

Jane is organized, dependable and reliable and has always fulfilled her duties competently and with enthusiasm. She possesses excellent communication skills and is able to express herself with confidence and maturity. She has proved to be both willing and flexible and she is always prepared to help out when needed.

I can recommend Jane for employment and I am confident that she will prove a valuable asset to any organization. Should you want any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.


Janet Jones
Contact number
Email address

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