Job Reference Example for Employers

What is an employment reference?

An employee reference is a formal comment on your performance in your job. Your employer can choose whether to give a basic reference (factual reference) or a detailed reference (character reference). Download our detailed job reference example using the button on the right.

Basic CV references
Detailed CV references
  • Job title or description
  • Date of employment
  • Date employment ended
  • Answers to any questions
  • Details about your skills, ability and experience
  • Details about your strengths and weaknesses
  • How much time you were off sick or absent from work
  • Details of any disciplinaries
  • The reason you left the job

Our downloadable job reference example shows what to expect from your employer and what to aim for when writing a reference yourself.

Remember, references cannot contain:
  • Misleading information
  • Inaccurate information
  • Irrelevant personal information, including any protected characteristics, unless they are an occupational requirement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you help me make a claim over an unfair reference?

If you'd like to instruct a solicitor, please get in touch with the following information.
    Have you been able to find another job? (If so when does/did it begin?)
    Date your reference was given
    A brief background of the problems with your reference
    A copy of your contract of employment
    A confirmation of your annual gross salary

Job reference example: Has your employer given you an unfair reference?

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