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Reference Letters - Writing References

Example of a Positive Reference Letter


Here is an example of a positive reference letter. Use this is a guideline for writing your reference letters.

Either on letter head or addressed as follows:

Company Name
Company Address
City, State, Zip
Phone number

Name of Recipient
Title of Recipient
Recipient Company Name
Recipient Company Address
City, State, Zip

To Whom It May Concern: (or contact name requesting reference)

I've been Joe Employee’s Manager at XYZ Company since 1997, and even promoted Joe to the role of Senior Software Engineer last year.

Joe has proven to be a reliable employee with excellent communication skills. He is well respected by other members of our team. Joe is a fast learner and has excellent problem solving abilities.

Although I will be disappointed to lose Joe as an employee, I am happy to recommend him as a solid addition to your company. If you'd like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at (555) 555-5555.


Manager Name
Manager Title
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