What should a reference letter say?

Here are five elements all personal reference letters should include:Start by explaining your relationship to the candidate. Include long you’ve known the candidate. Add positive personal qualities with specific examples. Close with a statement of recommendation. Offer your contact information.

What is the difference between reference letter and recommendation letter?

A recommendation letter supports the candidate’s application for a specific scholarship, program, job or other opportunity. A reference letter is a general endorsement of the person’s character, knowledge and skills.

How do you end a reference letter?

How do you sign off a letter of recommendation? Start your closing state with “In conclusion,” or “In summary,” before going to give your full backing for the person you are recommending. Finally, sign off with “Yours sincerely.” Learn more about writing a basic letter of recommendation.

How do you tell someone you can’t be a reference?

If you can’t come up with a believable explanation, it’s fine to to (politely) tell someone outright that you don’t feel comfortable being a reference. Keep things short and simple: “I don’t think I’m the best fit for this.” You don’t need to explain why; in fact, you probably shouldn’t.