References can be the deciding factor between a job offer letter and a rejection letter. Technical career references often focus on technical ability, ability to learn new technologies quickly, and can include factors such as ability to work well with others and communication skills. Here are some guidelines to asking for references as well as giving references. Includes links to sample reference letters, specific to the technical industry, that can be used as a guide to writing reference letters.
Guidelines and tips for asking for references. Points to keep in mind when asking former coworkers for references.
This sample reference letter is a general, positive reference that is written by the employee's manager or supervisor.
An example of a positive reference letter for an employee that was laid of for business reasons.
Sample character reference letter. This reference is from someone that worked with and was friends with the candidate. The letter speaks to the candidate's moral character as well as work habits.
Another example of a positive reference letter written by a manager for one of their employees.