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References: Top Reference Examples

Top Reference Letter, Lists, and Templates

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Top reference examples, including employment reference letters, character references and personal references, reference request letters, and reference lists.

Reference Letter Examples

General Employment Reference Example
Sample reference letter written by an employer for a previous employee.

Reference Letter Explaining a Lay-Off
Sample reference letter from a manager / supervisor explaining a lay-off and recommending the employee to a future employer.

Reference Letter Example From a Manager
Reference letter written by a manager recommending an employee.

Reference Letter Example From a Manager
This reference letter is from a manager who has been transferred.

Reference Letter Sample From a Previous Employer
Reference letter example recommending an employee who has resigned.

Negative Recommendation Letter Example
This is a negative recommendation letter. Not all reference writers will decline to provide a reference, even if they don't have much that is positive to say, so, check with your references before asking them to provide one.

Positive Recommendation Letter Example
Sample positive reference letter recommending a volunteer.

Character Reference Letter Example
Reference letter example which provides a character reference.

Personal Reference Letter Example
Sample character reference letter or personal letter of reference, written by an acquaintance, rather than an employer.

Personal Reference Letter
This is a sample character/ personal reference letter written for a friend.

Reference Letter Example From a Teacher
Reference letter written by a teacher recommending a student for employment.

Sample Reference Letter For a Teacher
This is a sample letter writing to recommend a teacher for employment.

Sample Reference Letter For a Student
This is a sample character reference for a high school student.

Reference Letter Template
Reference letter template with the appropriate format for writing a recommendation letter for employment. You can use this template to write your own reference letter.

Microsoft Reference Letter Templates
Microsoft reference letter templates are available as a free download for Microsoft Word users, or available within your Word program, to use to write reference letters.

Reference Letter Example Asking for a Reference
Sample letter asking someone to provide a reference for employment. This letter can be sent via email or paper mail.

Letter Example Requesting Permission to Use a Reference
Reference letter sample requesting permission to use a reference and asking for job search help.

Sample List of References
Sample reference list you can use to provide to employers who request references.

Sample Reference Page
Reference page sample you can use as a template to provide prospective employers with a list of your references.

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