How do you write a good personal reference?
How to write a character reference letter
- Make sure you are qualified. Before you agree to write the letter, you should be confident in your relationship with the applicant.
- Know your audience.
- Be honest.
- Make your letter easy to read.
- Invite further contact.
How do I write a personal reference letter for a friend?
How to write a reference letter for a friend
- Accept if you can provide a quality reference.
- Request details about the job opening.
- Ask your friend about goals and objectives.
- Discuss the background of your relationship.
- Mention examples of skills and qualifications.
- Focus on improvement and progress.
How do you write a personal reference letter for a family member?
How do you write a character reference for a family member?
- Think carefully before saying yes.
- Follow a business letter format.
- Focus on the job description.
- Explain how you know the person, and for how long.
- Focus on one or two traits.
- Remain positive.
- Share your contact information.
- Follow the submission guidelines.
What do you say when giving references?
Should you say yes?
- Keep the information factual. Avoid opinions about issues such as personal conflicts.
- Qualify what you say. For example, “It was our experience…” or “In this situation…”
- Make your praise specific.
- Refer to specific tasks or projects.
- Avoid examples that highlight a candidate’s weaknesses.
Who should you list as a personal reference?
Who should provide them? Personal references are commonly provided by teachers, lecturers, group or club leaders, neighbours, friends and family members. Those providing the reference should know you well and be able to give examples that back up statements about your character.