Personal Reference Letter

A personal reference letter (also known as a character reference) can be written by a friend, former employer, family, or someone else that knows you well and should highlight your character strengths.

If the letter is being sent as a hard copy, then it should be in the proper business format, otherwise, if the letter is being emailed, it should have an appropriate subject line and proper grammar.

How to Write
  1. State how you know the person and for how long.
  2. State a few strong qualities about the person and give specific examples.
  3. Give your contact info to allow the employer to ask follow up questions. (optional)


Sample Letter

Personal Reference Letter for a Job from a Friend/Coworker
Dear Sir or Madam,

I had the pleasure of kwnowing Sue from college for the past 8 years and more recently as a trusted coworker for the past 3 years.

She has consistently proven herself to be a loyal and dedicated individual. She is more than willing to put in extra hours in order to see that projects get completed in a timely manner.

In both professional and personal realms, Sue is a leader. She is able to communicate with people both younger and older than her and to be positive and friendly.

There is no project or task that she cannot complete. Adding Sue to your group is a wise decision. She is always professional, kind, and generous. She is a dynamic worker who will go the extra mile on all projects.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at [Contact info]. Thank you for your time.



[Your Name]
[Your Title]

Personal Reference Letter for a Job from a Coworker
To Whom This May Concern:

For the past [Number of Years] years, I have known [Name] through our time working together at [Organization name]. She is a hard working, friendly, and dedicated individual.

Every task [Name] takes on is done to perfection. This is because [Name] is detail-oriented and focused. She understands that the details matter and will not stop until her assigned project is 100% completed.

[Name] is a great addition to your organization. She is attentive to the needs of those around her, and she can connect and work with people of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. [Name] will no doubt push herself and the people around her to be their very best.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at [Contact info]



[Your Name]

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