Question by  lprkaun (20)

What should be included in a professional reference letter?

I have been asked to create a professional reference letter for a friend of mine.


Answer by  turkmeister77 (107)

A professional reference letter should include and highlight the positive qualities, attributes, and experience of the person who is being considered for employment. The letter should be formatted in a professional manner, including an introduction, body, and conclusion. Also be sure to give your contact details in your conclusion.


Answer by  smac972 (179)

An important question to ask before writing the letter is whether you would hire your friend in a similiar position. If the answer is "No", you should opt out. Otherwise, an honest, positive character assessment tailored toward the position sought should include how long you've known them and in what capacity, alongside attributes, awards and merits the candidate possesses.


Answer by  elb (1105)

Begin with a brief description of how long and in what capacity you have known the person. Describe the good qualities of the person that are relevant to the application; don't describe irrelevant traits. Back up your statement with an example or evidence. Your letter should primarily positive; if you can't do that, advise the friend to ask someone else.


Answer by  smiley70 (34)

The reason why this person is qualified and information that back your claim. Also other people who agree on your reference for that particular person. Grades would come in handy to.


Answer by  amyturk (199)

For a professional reference letter, mention not only positive qualities possessed by your friend, but specific examples of times he/she demonstrated that quality. For example, if you say she is hard-working, mention a time that she stayed all night at work to get a project done.

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