Writing an Employment Reference

Recently I have been asked to write a few references, mostly in the capacity as an employer.

Writing a reference is not all that difficult and to make it a little easier I have put together some of my thoughts and tips for writing an employment reference.

Language used:

  • ‘The applicant’ is the person that you are providing a reference for
  • ‘The employer’ is the person that has asked you for a reference for a new post

Preparing Your Job Application

Preparing your application for a job can be a difficult and daunting process, especially if you have not done it for a while.

The tips and information I have detailed below will hopefully make you feel a little better and more motivated to complete your application.

By doing all the right things you should be able to secure yourself an interview, which should be your main goal; you must make it very clear that you are capable of doing the job.


Preparing for an Interview

It is important to prepare prior to an interview. You do not know exactly what questions will be asked, so it is important to do some general preparation about you and your abilities. The preparation will give you the ability to quickly recall information when answering questions.

Depending on what you are used to you could prepare in different ways. You could write lists, or brainstorm. You could also sit down with someone you know really well and do some role play interviews to practice your interview technique.