Character Reference Letter Example

The Character Reference Letter Example below was written for someone who had come to a career crossroad; to either stay where they were with

Character Reference Letter Example

little chance of advancement, or pursue advancement opportunities outside the company they were working for. This candidate chose to look for employment opportunities with another company.    

However, in this instance, the recommendation letter was written by his then supervisor/friend, but as you know character reference and recommendation letters can be written by almost anyone, including teachers, next-door neighbors, business acquaintances, customers, suppliers, and other recommenders who can vouch for a candidate's skills and abilities.

Can a letter that you write for a friend, neighbor, colleague or coworker make a difference in them getting a job that they hope to get?  It sure can, but it might require you to spend a little more time crafting it than you might have the time or skill to do.  In that regard you might find the one below a useful model.

Character Reference Letter Example - Sample Letter

Your Name Here
Your Title Here
Worldwide Citrus Industries, Inc.
1111 Orange Avenue
City, ST 33333

January 14, 2017

To whom it may concern:

This serves as a letter of reference for James Williams.  James worked with me in the Marketing Department at Worldwide Citrus Industries for 12 years. He began here as Stateside Sales, and after several promotions, ended his service as VP Marketing and Development.

During James 's service with us I, like many others in the department, came to know and appreciate him.  Very goal oriented as well as a team player, James was always punctual, yet easygoing.  He was keenly devoted to his work, but being a real people person, he was also enjoyable to be around.

James demonstrated from early on in his tenure that he understood what business is all about. He was well organized, aware of the bottom line and had a knack for recognizing and eliminating waste. I suppose doing well in business is easy if you are, as he was, driven in equal measure by both quality and efficiency.

I would like to be very clear about why James is no longer with us.  James is available for new challenges only because of his desire to learn and grow further. We would have loved to see him stay, but certainly understand his need to advance beyond the positions we have available.

In closing, let me say I have no hesitation in recommending James Williams for any marketing management position with your company.  I feel confident he would be an asset to your organization.


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