Example Letter of Personal Reference – A-1 Example Letter of Personal Reference

| April 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Our example letter of personal reference can help you to write a letter of recommendation for a student, employee, or family friend. Sooner or later most of us are asked to perform such a service, and it is good to know what is required to write an effective letter. Below you’ll find a first class example letter of personal reference.

The Structure of Our Example Letter of Reference

Following the format of a standard business letter, our example letter of personal reference contains the following:

  • Recipient’s name and address if known
  • A short introduction of yourself
  • How you know the candidate and for how long
  • If an employee – the start and end dates of their employment
  • Facts about the person’s performance and qualifications
  • An invitation  to enquire further if required

This example personal letter of reference begins with the address in the top left corner (standard business format) followed by the date and salutation as such:

Mr. James Colliver
Head of Human Resources
Kassabian Corp.
Madison Ave.
New York, NY

December 12, 2003

Dear Mr. Colliver,

If not known, the address may be left out and the letter addressed to “To Whom It May Concern.”

The body of the example letter of personal reference then follows the above format.

My name is John Jefferson; I have known Colin Marks as an employee for more than four years. Colin joined us at (your company) on March 2, 1999 and has been an outstanding employee since that time. 

Colin worked as a marketing assistant in our marketing department until being promoted to head of Media Communications in September of 2002. His innovative ideas propelled our company to new heights, securing us new clients (63% increase over 18 months), and boosting our sales and profits to new levels. He is industrious, creative, professional, and most of all, a keen team player.

Colin will make an excellent addition to your company and it is without hesitation that I recommend him highly. We are sorry to see him go, and wish him well in his new endeavors. Please feel free to contact me should you require further details or have any questions about Colin or my letter.


Your Name

Download This Example Letter of Personal Reference and tailor it to suit your personal requirements.

Optional and Useful Sentences you Can Use with our Example Letter of Personal Reference:

  • Since I have known…name of person… they have been extremely organized, reliable, and efficient
  • … has always been willing to undertake any task asked of him/her
  • …is an excellent decision maker and works well under pressure

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Melanie Walters is a writer and editor for several businesses both online and offline. Her experience with writing business letters and marketing materials has helped her understand exactly what works in written communication for businesses. In the 10 years she's been writing, Melanie has amassed a large collection of letter examples that she gladly shares with you here on Letter Example Help.org

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