Solicited Letter of Reference: Bad Employee
[DATE, ex. Wednesday, June 11, 1998]
[NAME, COMPANY AND ADDRESS, ex.
1234 First Street
Anycity, Anystate 85245]
Dear [NAME, ex. John Smith],
I will be obliged to accommodate your request to provide a reference regarding [NAME, ex. Mr. James Johnson].
As [YOUR POSITION, ex. Vice President] of [FIRM NAME, ex. PowerAccount Limited], I have known [NAME, ex. Mr. Johnson] for [DURATION, ex. the past four years], during which time [he/she] was our [POSITION, ex. northern division sales manager]. [STATE EX-EMPLOYEE’S RESPONSIBILITIES, ex. His responsibilities involved setting and meeting sales goals, developing sales and marketing strategies as well as managing a staff of over 50 personnel.]
[THIS TYPE OF LETTER SHOULD BE WRITTEN ONLY IF THERE IS AN UNDERLYING PROVEN FACT WHICH SUPPORTS YOUR POSITION; DON’T MAKE ACCUSATIONS, STATE ONLY THOSE FACTS WHICH ARE READILY VERIFIABLE, ex. Mr. Johnson was terminated after our office cameras taped him removing computer equipment from our premises without authorization. We have since filed criminal charges of theft against him.]
I urge you to you to seek and acquire additional references from other sources before making your decision to hire [NAME, ex. Mr. Johnson].
Feel free to call me at XXX-XXXX if you require any further information.
[YOUR NAME, ex. Jill Jones]