At certain personal and professional junctures, it is often required to have someone vouch for you, either to testify for certain qualifications or to recommend you for a certain position based on your character and capabilities. Put in a formal writing, this document is called a reference letter, or a recommendation letter. You will most likely need this when switching jobs, switching rental apartments, or even switching countries.
There may even be times you will be called upon to write such a letter yourself for an associate, a former employee, a former tenant, or a friend. For any of these situations, these free Letter Templates should show you how to get this done swiftly and professionally.
Till now you might have thought of a personal reference letter as a Job Reference Letter Template—something merely to satisfy the application requirements. But this letter is used for more than employment screening purposes.
This letter is not to rehash the professional qualifications you possess as these can be readily presented in a separate resume. The personal reference letter is to show that you are not only competent but also personable, manageable, and of good character.
Any situation where your reputation as a good employee, a good student, a good citizen, a or a good tenant will require such a letter. It would be more appropriate to think of such a letter as a Character Reference Letter Template.
In this collection, we have presented reference letters for the most common situations you will likely need it:
Download any of them for free as Microsoft Word (doc/docx) or PDF files. With the right editing and word processing software, you should be able to easily modify them to your needs. (Be sure you have a good archive software as well; you will need it to open the zip files containing the templates.)
Some institutions will accept handwritten letters, but for most cases it is recommended to go with a neatly printed letter that includes the signature of the referrer. This is most usual for an Employment Reference Letter Template.
It is also usual practice that the person being recommended does not get to read the letter (in the interests of confidentiality and honesty in the referral). In these cases, you as the writer will have to sign and seal the letter in an envelope addressed to the person or institution asking for the reference.