Character reference letter samples

The following are two samples of character reference letters.

The first is a reference letter written by a lecturer for a student with no job experience.

The second letter was written for Severus Snape from the book and movie Harry Potter.

The first sample is good for a fresh graduates. The second letter is good for an experienced person.

To Whom It May Concern:

I am very pleased to be asked to write a reference for Miss Jane Smith who was a student in the Bachelor of Commerce degree course at the University of Someplace since 1999. I have had Jane as a student in two units of accounting and her abilities and attention to her studies has earned her very good results. Jane has been majoring in accounting and her results have been very good, a reflection of her abilities and hard work.

In addition to these academic qualities, Jane has displayed great enthusiasm and initiative; she has excellent communication skills and has a very friendly and outgoing personality. I am sure that she will be a dedicated and highly talented asset to the organization who secures her services after the completion of her studies at the University.

Yours faithfully,

This next character reference letter was written for Severus Snape from the book and movie Harry Potter.

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Albus Dumbledore and I am the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Severus Snape worked under my supervision as the Potions Master and head of Slytherin House from February 1981. His responsibilities included teaching potions, managing the Slytherin House and sometimes acting as the replacement professor for the Defence Against the Dark Arts. During the course of his employment, Severus proved himself to be an loyal employee and a hard worker.

I was quite impressed by his ability to complete all work assigned to him on time, if not before it was due. His work was always thorough and comprehensive. We allow our professors to do some research and development, but Severuss' talents prompted us to assign him more pieces than the norm. His research has uncovered many new potions and spells.

Overall, Severus is a very conscientious and able employee. I certainly believe he has what it takes to make a good headmaster someday, and I am sad to see him leave. I strongly recommend Severus for any research and development position.

Albus Dumbledore
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