Definition: A personal reference, also known as a character reference, is a reference provided by an individual who knows you and can vouch for your character and abilities.
Neighbors and acquaintances may be willing to write a reference for you. Business acquaintances, teachers, professors or academic advisors, volunteer leaders, coaches, can all provide a personal reference. Here's who to ask for a personal reference.
In general, anyone who can vouch for your character and your ability to achieve in an employment or academic setting can give you a personal reference.
Also Known As: character reference
Examples: Janine provided a personal reference for Katherine recommending her for a job at the local coffee shop.
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