As we’ve mentioned in a few of our previous posts, employer recommendations are rather important when it comes to applying for a new position; a positive and professional reference can be the most valuable tool for a job-seeker as a glowing report can convince prospective employers to say YES!
If you’ve been asked to write a reference by a current or previous employee – and are struggling – have a read of these pointers…
– Ensure the letter is on your company letterhead, includes the date, address of potential employer, your contact address, and is addressed to the candidate’s potential supervisor or the HR dept.
– The letter should be between one and two pages in length.
– Understand the job for which you will be recommending them – you need to make sure that the information you provide is of relevance.
– The body of the letter should be roughly 2-3 paragraphs long and cover the following:
- The duration of time you’ve known them
- In what capacity you worked together
- How they contributed to your company or projects
- Their skill-base and experience
- Brief overview of their performance review results
- How they could benefit the new company
– Summarise that you highly recommend the person (if you do) and offer to make yourself available should the potential employer have any further questions (if you’re OK with that).
– And, last but not least, print and then sign your name to verify the reference.