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Sample Character Reference Letter

Character reference letters describe the skills and traits you display outside the workplace. The people who write these letters know you personally. They can include teachers, coaches, landlords or people you know from your volunteer work or worship group. Choose your character references with care to get the job you want.


18320–103 Avenue
Anytown AB  T5V 8V8

August 30, 2019

To Whom It May Concern:

I’ve known Fred Frank for several years. He has been a close friend of my son’s since they were in grade school. I’ve watched him grow up into the friendly, confident young man he is today.

While he was in high school, Fred helped me coach a community soccer team of 9- and 10-year-old boys. A skilled player himself, Fred was a keen leader who always maintained his professionalism. With patience and an ability to explain and show strategy clearly, he drew out the best from these boys, who, in turn, looked up to him.

I know Fred to be dependable, responsible, honest and courteous. He is a popular server in the restaurant where he now works. While dining there, I’ve more than once overheard customers asking to be seated in his section.

Fred will be an asset to any organization. I can confidently recommend him for any position or undertaking that he chooses to pursue.

Please do not hesitate to call me if you would like to discuss this recommendation further.


John C. Doe


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