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REFERENCE LETTER SAMPLE
Below is a suggested format for reference letters. The bracketed words are suggested options to use when
applicable to your particular letter.
Dear [NAME OF EMPLOYER:] or [TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:]
If written to a specific employer:
I am writing this reference letter at the request of [student] who is applying for the position of [job title]
with your [firm, company, school, etc.]
If written to whom it may concern:
I am writing this reference letter at the request of [student]. S/he has asked me to write this general letter
which s/he may show to any prospective employer who asks him/her for references.
This reference letter is provided at the written request of [name of person], who has asked me to serve as
a reference on [his/her] behalf. It is my understanding that [name ] is being considered by your
organization for the position of [job title]. Please be advised that the information contained in this letter is
confidential and should be treated as such. The information should not be disclosed to anyone in your
organization who would not be involved in the hiring decision regarding this individual. Additionally, the
information should not be disclosed to anyone outside of your organization without the consent of the
person in question.
I have known [student] for [length of time] in my capacity as a [your job title] at [your employer]. If
Applicable: [student] worked for me as a [job title]. or [student] belonged to the [club or organization] for
which I served as an advisor. or [student] took [number] courses from me, including [names]. [Student]
earned grades of [list grades], respectively, in those courses. Based on [student's] grades, along with his/her
[excellent, good, etc.] attendance and class participation, I'd rate [students] performance in my class as
[student] has a number of strengths to offer [an employer, a graduate program]. List qualities here, backing
each one up with examples. Try to pick qualities that tie into the specific type of job student is seeking or
requested on the grad school application. EXAMPLE: "[Student] often exhibited excellent leadership in
my class, volunteering to lead groups and then organizing the group's project quickly and efficiently. This
attribute would serve [student] well in the position of Assistant Manager with your company."
In conclusion, I would [highly] recommend [student]. If his/her performance in my class(es) is any
indication of how she/he'd perform [on the job, in grad uate school, etc.], [student] will be a positive
addition to your [firm, college, etc.].
If you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me.