In your process of searching for a new job, potential new employers will be curious about your ability to work at their company before making a decision to hire you. A way of proving that you are qualified in your skills and abilities for a new job is to ask for a job reference from your previous employer.
Job reference letters essentially help you find a new job by advocating your qualities. They are usually required in the advanced stages of the hiring process, although some require them in the early stages along with your CV and cover letter. Your reference letters should include professional connections (e.g. colleagues, supervisors, employers, college professors) that could prove that you previously worked at their companies and attest to your qualifications.
Having good references will aid you significantly in your job search. A well-written and supportive job reference letter might just be the clincher for a new job!
The introduction should first state the purpose of the letter. In most cases, the purpose is to help advocate the applicant in his or her application to a new job. After stating the purpose, the referee should mention the applicant’s tenure in the company and his or her professional relationship with the applicant.
This section should include the employee’s skills and achievements on the job. These include technical and communication skills, personality, professionalism, and significant contributions to the company. It is useful to utilize strong adjectives and verbs to describe the applicant’s qualities as it gives power to the message. It is also helpful to mention, in detail, any instances or examples of those skills and qualities being applied. If there are glaring weaknesses, they should be mentioned with examples along with a line of encouragement about improving on those weak areas.
This section explains how the applicant’s experience and skills will contribute to his or her new job. The conclusion wraps up all the skills and qualifications mentioned above. It tells the reader why that applicant would succeed in the new company and why they should seriously consider hiring the new applicant.