Sample Reference Letters

Find inspiration in our curated catalog of reference letters. Each sample letter comes with guidelines and advice to help you find the right words.

Reference Letters

Reference letters are letters written to endorse someone's general character and personality. A reference letter differs from a recommendation letter in that the latter supports the person's application for a specific job or education program and is usually addressed to a particular person. A reference letter is more general in nature, refers to the overall character of the person, and is not addressed to anyone in particular. It is normally addressed as "Dear sir/madam," or "To whom it may concern." The person who writes the reference letter is known as the referee, and he/she could be a close friend or colleague.

For you to write good reference letters, you need to know the candidates well to be able to express their best character. Start off with a salutation and the name of the person the letter is about. Write a sentence or two explaining how you know the person and for how long. Mention the strong qualities, characteristics, and strengths of the person in question. Giving brief examples, discuss why you feel the person will be a great addition to office and work culture. Use strong verbs but do not exaggerate. Conclude with your contacts and signature.

Requesting for Reference letter. Sample letter
Thank you letter for a job referral. Sample letter
Thanking a business associate for referral letter
Doctor to doctor referral letter for a patient with special needs
Medical referral letter for a patient who needs specialized care
Physician to physician referral letter for a client moving out of state
Reference letter for a nurse. Sample letter
Referral letter for a client who needs a specialized service
Referring a patient to a specialist. Sample letter
Referring a patient to another doctor. Sample letter
Thank you letter for referral to another doctor
Thanking a doctor for referring one to another specialist
Ask a former employer for a referral letter
Interview thank you letter to prospective employer after being rejected
Reference letter for an employee to meet a requirement of his landlord
Character reference for a person appearing in court
Character reference for acquaintance appearing as a court witness
Character reference for court use. Sample letter
Character reference letter for parent seeking child custody
Character reference to a judge. Sample letter
Reference letter to a judge. Sample letter
Character reference for a job applicant. Sample letter
Character reference for acquaintance seeking employment
Referral letter for someone who is a good fit for a specific job
Rejecting a job offered by an employer. Sample letter
Rejecting an employment offer. Sample letter
Response to a job rejection letter. Sample letter
Character reference letter for acquaintance with immigration application
Character reference sample letter for immigration purposes
Reference letter for immigration purposes. Sample letter
Job rejection letter to an applicant. Sample letter
Reference letter for former subordinate applying for internal promotion
Rejecting a job applicant. Sample letter
Rejecting a job application after an interview with the applicant
Rejecting a job application. Sample letter
Rejecting an application. Sample letter
Respond to an employment rejection letter. Sample letter
Responding to an employment rejection letter. Sample letter
Character reference letter for an apartment lease applicant
Recommending someone applying as a tenant. Sample letter
Reference letter for someone seeking to rent an apartment
Reference sample letter for a potential apartment buyer
Referral letter for a business applying for a lease
Reference letter for a coworker. Sample letter
Reference letter for someone requesting for a change of shift
Thanking a superior for Reference letter. Sample letter
Character reference for a person seeking to adopt a child
Character reference for acquaintance applying for membership
Character reference for an eagle scout. Sample letter
Character reference letter. Sample letter