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An Employee Reference Letter is a document that is written by a former employer to testify that their former employee is suitable for a specific job opportunity or admission into an academic institution. This document is usually requested when a person applies for a job position or school admission. It is written by a person's former employer and addressed to the organization or institution that requested an employment reference.
The document outlines the name of the person giving the reference and the organization, the name of the former employee to whom the reference letter relates to, the core interests, skills and abilities of the former employee, the position the former employee worked in during his or her employment etc. The reference letter explains why the former employee should be selected for a job or admission he/she is applying for.
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This document can be used by present or former employers who intend to give a report about the work of an employee and recommend him/her for a certain position he/she is applying for. It is usually used at the request of the former employee.
After filling out this form, the sender (who is typically an officer of the organization, for example, the manager, human resources manager etc.) of this letter must sign the document and send it to the former employee.
There are no laws regulating this document. However, it is just the practice for certain organizations or academic institutions to request for this letter before hiring a new employee or admitting a new student.
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