Letter of reference

Employees may seek a reference from an employer on termination of employment.

Employees may seek a reference from an employer on termination of employment.
  • The contents of the reference will be particular to the circumstances of each case, but will usually include details about the employee’s employment, such as length of employment and position(s) held, and comment about such things as the person’s skills, experience and ability to work as part of a team etc.
  • The reference may also include a recommendation of the employee to future employers.
  • Care should be taken to ensure that the reference is a genuine one, and that it does not overstate or understate the employee’s performance or conduct. If the company is concerned about providing such documents, a statement of service is a safer option.
  • A common practice now is for referees to be nominated by a person seeking a position. These referees often include former employers or managers who can give an opinion about the candidate over the telephone.
  • A reference is usually addressed to: 'To whom it may concern'
 
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