Writing a character reference letter for a friend is a huge responsibility. Character certificates are usually asked by landlords, companies and clubs, so if you have been asked to write one for a friend, you may want to prepare a draft first so that your friend can approve of the content.
Granted that character reference letters require a lot of time and effort so it is better to organize your thoughts on a piece of paper before you write the final letter. You should ask your friend where she needs to submit a character reference letter so that you know exactly what it is that you need to write. A character reference letter required by a landlord will need to be written differently than that for a company.
Character reference letters should include your relationship to the person you are writing the letter for and details of her personal attributes. You should not write information that is “in the air” – be specific to the person’s personality and character traits when you write a reference letter of this sort. You can include incidents that support your claims but you must be concise so that the length of the letter is not unnecessarily extended.
Here is how you can write a character reference letter for a friend:
December 20, 2014
To Whom It May Concern
It has been thirteen years since I know Carrie Jones in a personal capacity – as both friend and colleague. I was first introduced to Carrie by a mutual friend; we finished college together and ended up working as team members for Burger King.
Carrie is the only person I know who has great depth to her character. Since I have also worked with her, I can confirm that she is disciplined, punctual and efficient. As a friend, she is dependable and manages to come through even when circumstances to do not permit her to do so. It was during one harrowing time of a road accident that Carrie’s true mettle as a determined and composed individual was displayed. While I was rendered useless when a car hit my car from behind – Carrie was sitting in the passenger seat – it was Carrie who managed to cut me lose from the seatbelt and lead me to safety.
Here, I would like to add that Carrie is the founder of the SOS Children’s Foundation for which I deem her praiseworthy especially since she had much against her when she lay the groundwork for this foundation. I believe that Carrie will be a good addition to any organization that she becomes a part of.
Please feel free to get in touch with me at (333) 333-3333 if you need any more information regarding Carrie’s character traits.