character reference letter

June 9, 2008 1:15pm CST
I am seeking help in writing a character reference letter for our daughter's boyfriend. He has recently graduated with his Electrical Engineering degree. We have known him for a little over a year now and like him very much. I'm terrible at writing but want to give him a great letter of reference to help him in is quest to be accepted into USAF Officer Training School. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. I just don't have a clue where to start. Thank you. J
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10 Jun 08
I've had to do a couple of these for people I have worked with, They are really not that hard once you get started.THink of it like a flattering game of MadLibs. A rough outline would go something like this: To whom it may concern: I have known (daughter's boyfriend's name) for a little over a year now, and am consistantly impressed by his (admirable trait) and (another admirable trait). I remember one time when he(story of how he did something cool). I shouldn't be surprised by his actions seeing as how he is also a member of (list of sports, clubs, or service organizations) and has managed to (list of awards, titles, scholarships). I believe he is a (desirable trait) young man with a great future ahead of him in whatever he persues. I highly recommend him as a candidate for (title of job/school/elected office) and hope you will also be able to see the talents and value he could bring to your program. How's that for a start? I did cheese it up a bit, but you get the gist, right? Make sure you include your phone number in your signiture line. That shows that you are really willing to back up your statements and didn't just write the letter to get some student off your back or something. If you want, I'm sure there are better examples on the web some where if you search for recommendation letter templates or examples. Good Luck!
17 Jun 08
THANK YOU! That is really good. It's a great stepping stone for me to start with! J