This final recommendation letter example represents a character reference. A character reference might come from a friend, neighbor, or even relative. It tends to be more personal than professional and speaks to the subject's personality and character.
Some jobs ask for a character reference, but there are other circumstances that call for one, too. In the below letter, the writer is recommending her neighbor and close friend for a place in their local Rotary Club, an organization dedicated to community service.
Sample Letter #9: Written by a Friend as a Character Reference
Rotary Club President
60 Main St.
Midtown, NH 03031
Dear Mr. Friedman,
It’s my pleasure to recommend my neighbor and dear personal friend, Rosa, for membership in the Rotary Club. I’ve known Rosa for almost a decade and can attest to her strength of character and compassion for others. As the owner of Rosa’s Bake Shop and parent to two children in the public school system, Rosa is an actively contributing member of the community. She would make an outstanding addition to the Rotary Club and embody our mission to provide service to others.
I first met Rosa when she and her family moved into the house next door. We quickly found our paths crossing not just as neighbors, but also as fellow parents involved in the PTA. We and our families have become close friends, and over the years, we’ve worked together on a number of neighborhood events, like the Halloween scavenger hunt and annual block party. Rosa has always amazed me with her commitment to our community. With her spirit of giving and skill for community organizing, Rosa lives by Rotary Club’s primary motto, “Service above self.”
As many of you know, Rosa’s an active business leader in our community as the owner of Rosa’s Bake Shop on Main Street. She spreads joy with her fresh baked goods and supplies bread to many local restaurants. Rosa has also employed local students as cashiers and donates a portion of her profits to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Her contributions (and cakes) nurture many people in town. Joining the Rotary Club would allow her to continue her leadership in the community.
On a more personal level, Rosa is a cherished friend and all around lovely person. She’s thoughtful, reliable, and warm, and my kids and I have spent many rainy days mixing up cookie dough and decorating cupcakes in her kitchen. Rosa has worked hard to get where she is today, and she truly deserves all the success that has come her way as a parent and local business owner.
Rosa is an outstanding and active citizen with a great commitment to community service. I look forward to seeing all the good that she will continue to do in town as our newest Rotarian. Please feel free to contact me for any further information. Thank you for your consideration.
As a local baker, Rosa probably doesn't even need a recommendation letter to show how awesome she is (unless sending cupcakes instead is seen as a form of bribery?).
Recommendation Letter #9: The Breakdown
This recommendation letter sample represents a specific type, that of a character reference. A character reference may come from a friend, neighbor, relative, or other person close to the recommendee. While some jobs ask for character references, other circumstances when they might be called for include a nomination to a community position, as in the above example, buying a house or condo, or even for use in court.
Character references tend to be much more personal than a typical professional letter. If you’re asked to provide a character reference, you can describe the person’s personal qualities and character. Just as with any other letter, you should strive to give specific examples to back up your characterization of the subject of your letter.
In the above sample, Lara Turner attests to the strong character of her friend and neighbor, Rosa, so that she can join the local Rotary Club. Lara talks about her close relationship with Rosa and describes some of Rosa’s personal strengths. Since Rotary Club is dedicated to community service, Lara focuses especially on Rosa’s contributions to the community as a local business owner, PTA volunteer, and active event organizer in their neighborhood.
She states her support and gives specific examples to back up her words. Overall, her letter stands as a strong statement of support for Rosa and fulfills its purpose as a character reference for Rosa’s admission into Rotary Club.
Are you looking for a more professionally-oriented letter of recommendation example? Check out this job reference sample written by a manager for a full-time employee.
Want to learn more? Head over to our full guide on recommendation letters for eight more samples, along with suggestions for how to write your reference.
Sample Letter #1
Having learned of the call for nominations for this year's (Name of Award), I am writing today to endorse a highly suitable individual, (Name of Nominee). In many ways exceeding the challenging requirements and expectations for the award, (Name of Nominee)'s ambitions, intelligence, and accomplishments complement precisely the stellar community of past recipients and make her highly deserving of the honor and opportunity bestowed by the (Name of Award). To further support this nomination, I would be pleased to express in more detail my personal insights into (Name of Nominee)'s unique talents and qualifications, and I would welcome the opportunity to mention additional contacts who would be willing to express their support of the nominee. Please feel free to contact me at any time.
Sample Letter #2
I am pleased to nominate Jane Doe for the Employee of the Year Award. I have known and worked with Jane for ten years and have always found her dependable, efficient, and unfailingly punctual. In fact, I have never worked with a person who gives as much attention to detail as she does. Also, her willingness to take on difficult projects like the Doe proposals and see them to successful completion has repeatedly impressed me over the years.
Her skills do not end with her office work. She also projects a warm, cheerful attitude to our clients. I have seen her resolve conflicts and handle other difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact. In the community she goes out of her way to help people in need by organizing charity drives each December and singing with the city choir. She loves people, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her. I believe these characteristics represent all that is good in our company, and I am pleased to nominate her for the honor of Employee of the Year.
Sample Letter #3
I wish to nominate Jane Doe, a friend and colleague of more than ten years, for the Caretaker of the Year Award. Jane and I work together on many fund-raising events each year and she never ceases to impress me. She is easily the most compassionate person I know--the kind of person who goes out of her way to help the less fortunate every day. When she is not caring for her family, she devotes time to various civic organizations, including the City Cupboard, the Rape Crisis Center, and the Springfield Center for the Homeless. I can think of no one more deserving of this award than Jane Doe.
Sample Letter #4
I have been asked to nominate the candidate who has, in my opinion, accomplished more than any others in our research field and is deserving of the Outstanding Humanitarian Award. Without hesitation, I choose Dr. John Doe for that honor.
Dr. Doe began making contributions toward understanding communicable diseases when he was still studying for his doctorate degree and he continues twenty years later with the publication of his recent book summarizing his theory on virus mutation.
I had the honor of working with Dr. Doe at the Center for Communicable Disease for two years. During that period, I developed enormous respect for his dedication to the center's work. I also became acutely aware of his great knowledge and skills as well as the endless hours he worked in a determination to help humanity in its struggle against disease.
It has been a privilege to know this brilliant and dedicated scientist and humanitarian. I nominate him and ask that you please call on me if I can further assist you in this regard.
Sample Letter #5
It is my pleasure to recommend Jane Doe for the Sales Executive Award. As head of the Sales Division, I have seen Jane rise from the level of Junior Representative to her present position in a short five years. Jane works tirelessly to update her knowledge of our products--and of the competition's products as well. As an Account Representative, she averaged a new account every month, the highest average in the company. As a Sales Executive, she has been effective at teaching her skills to her five Account Representatives. Their averages are now the highest of any group in our division.
I feel confident that you will agree that Jane Doe is the most deserving candidate for this award. Please feel free to contact me for any additional information you may require.
Sample Letter #6
Many local heroes go unnoticed. Here's your chance to do something nice. Submit the name of a person who should be recognized for his or her outstanding contributions to the community.
Nominate that person for the "Citizen of the Year Award" by filling out the enclosed reply card and returning it to us by April 3.
Our judges will select the final winner from the submissions. The winner will be announced May 25 at the Rotary luncheon.
Thanks for helping us recognize outstanding citizens in our community. We hope to see you at Rotary.
Sample Letter #7
Doe Products strives to exceed your expectations in service and support. We request that you please take a few minutes to complete the enclosed short survey to evaluate our performance.
Your opinions and feedback are an integral part in helping us determine how we can better serve you.
Thank you in advance for your time and comments.
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