Character reference letter

A character reference letter is usually used for important non-academic related and non-employed related pursuits. It is used to detail an individual's positive personal attributes. This letter is very similar to the standard letter of reference. The character letter of reference is often required by new employers if the line of job involves performing personal and domestic services or home-based services. It is written by previous employers to talk about employee's personal qualities such as honesty, work ethic and other widely accepted indicators of person's character attributes.

Character reference letter

Your previous employer should write this letter sincerely and provide a brief description about your personal skills. The character reference is similar to the letter of recommendation, but it should only refer the character of the person.   A positive character letter of reference is a valuable source of information about applicant's personal skills. It provides a complete panorama about the quality of person who is that applicant. This reason has encouraged many employers to ask candidates to include this document with their resumes, cover letters, portfolios and reference letters to apply for a job position.

A character reference letter doesn't serve as critical criteria to appeal to potential employers, because a relative or friend can write this letter. It means that a character reference cannot provide a report on verifiable work history.

Character reference letters are almost always required when someone:

  • Apply for foster care.
  • Be involved in a child custody case.
  • Seek a membership.
  • Seek an apartment or home.
  • Try to adopt a child.
  • Be nominated for an award.
  • Seek an appointment.
  • Attend a parole hearing.

Nowadays, employees should provide a character reference letter when they will leave a company or service organization.

Character reference letters are characterized for being:

  • Less formal than recommendation letters.
  • More personalized.
  • Not focused on an employment relationship.
  • Subjective in tone.
  • Straightforward.

These letters unlike a traditional reference letter do not need to be printed on company letterhead. You must use a formal vocabulary to write it and follow a standard format, rather impersonal one.  It should not exceed one page and contains an average 4 paragraphs. You should not forget that this letter has to highlight your good characteristics and qualities. This is critical to success in convincing job recruiters of your positive attributes.

Character reference letter tips

If you have the following tips in mind, you will create a meaningful character reference letter:

  • The writer should address the letter using phrases such as: "To Whom it may concern", "Dear Madam", "Dear Lady", "Dear gentleman", "Dear Sir".
  • The letter should begin by explaining how the writer knows the individual.
  • The writer must indicate how long he/she knows the individual.
  • The writer must not forget to mention how well knows the person.
  • Focus on personal qualities, skills and achievements that are most likely to interest the reader.
  • Be honesty; don't use false information to impress the reader.
  • Use personal histories about your experiences with the applicant if you consider appropriated.
  • Write an ease to read letter. You must catch the reader's attention at first.