Character Reference Letter

Before you get all anxious about writing a Character Reference Letter...stop!  It's not that hard. 

If you think about it for a second and visualize what the letter is meant to accomplish, which is to portray the person being written about in a positive light, it'll become immensely easier. 

However, if you still have difficulty writing reference letters consider using a format for a reference letter.  

Let's assume you're writing a reference letter for a friend.  You can begin by personalizing it right from the start.

Next, include a sentence or two about how long you've known the person, highlight a special trait or characteristic unique to them.  Everybody has something uniquely interesting about them and if you've known this person for a while you'll readily know what it is.  

You can also mention social clubs and organizations the person might belong to.  Volunteerism is a notable endeavor, too; but many volunteers downplay their involvement.  They don't necessarily do it for recognition by others, but rather because they like helping others. So toot their horn for them. Finally, you can recognize and praise their efforts - as good deeds deserve to be acknowledged and celebrated.


April 4, 2014


Mr. John Williams
222 SE Mockingbird Way
Your Town, USA

Re: Character Reference Letter for Susan Smith (fictitious name)

Dear Mr. Williams;

I am presenting this character reference of Susan Smith feeling both honored and privileged. Honored because there are few people that I hold in as high regard as her and privileged because it may be a long time before I am asked to give another reference for someone as deserving of being uplifted and recognized as she is.

I met Susan ten years ago. At the time we were serving on a committee to provide staffing of emergency shelters in the event of natural disasters. It was during that training that I got to know her.

Susan has three readily, notable characteristics; One, she's perhaps the most unbiased person I've ever met. She treats everybody with equal courtesy, respect and regard; from the person doing the most menial chore to the Chairperson of The Board. It doesn't matter to her - everybody's the same.

Two, she's very organized and prepared. During committee meetings it was easy to see who was prepared to discuss assignments and responsibilities and who wasn't; Susan was always one of the ones who was. In fact, her preparedness was a significant factor in how productive committee meetings were.

Three, she's highly self motivated individual. It's clear to anybody who pays attention to it that Susan has a clear sense of purpose and intent. She aspires to be an attorney and is doing the kinds of things to achieve that goal. For example, she's presently clerking in a law office.

Summarily, Susan's combination of skills and abilities would be an asset to any business needing quality, value driven people; and I unconditionally recommend her for employment consideration.

Sincerely,
Your name

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