Spanish | Phrases - Application | Reference Letter

Reference Letter - Opening

Dear Sir,
Distinguido Señor:
Formal, male recipient, name unknown
Dear Madam,
Distinguida Señora:
Formal, female recipient, name unknown
Dear Sir / Madam,
Distinguidos Señores:
Formal, recipient name and gender unknown
Dear Sirs,
Apreciados Señores:
Formal, when addressing several unknown people or a whole department
To whom it may concern,
A quien pueda interesar
Formal, recipient/s name and gender completely unknown
Dear Mr. Smith,
Apreciado Sr. Pérez:
Formal, male recipient, name known
Dear Mrs. Smith,
Apreciada Sra. Pérez:
Formal, female recipient, married, name known
Dear Miss Smith,
Apreciada Srta. Pérez:
Formal, female recipient, single, name known
Dear Ms. Smith,
Apreciada Sra. Pérez:
Formal, female recipient, name known, marital status unknown
I am delighted to be called upon as a reference for…
Me siento complacido(a) de ser contactado(a) como persona de referencia para X...
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing
I first became acquainted with...in..., when he joined...
Conocí a X en..., cuando se unió a...
Used to give details of how one knows the candidate
...has asked me to write a letter of recommendation to accompany his application for… . I am very pleased to do so.
X me ha pedido escribir una carta de recomendación para acompañar su solicitud de... . Y me complace hacerlo...
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing
It has been a pleasure to be…'s boss / supervisor / colleague since… .
Ha sido un placer haber sido el jefe / supervisor / colega de X... desde...
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing
I am happy to write this letter of recommendation for… . In this letter I would like to express my respect and appreciation for this bright young person, who brought outstanding contribution to the work of my group.
Estoy muy complacido(a) de escribir esta carta de recomendación para X. En esta carta quisiera expresar mi respeto y apreciación por este/esta joven inteligente, quien aportó una inmensa contribución al trabajo de mi equipo.
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing
I have no hesitancy in writing a letter of recommendation for…
Puedo recomendar abiertamente a X...
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing
It is a pleasure to write a letter of recommendation for…
Me complace escribir una carta de recomendación para X...
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing
I have known...since… , when he / she enrolled in my class / began to work at… .
He conocido a X desde..., cuando él / ella se inscribió en mi clase / comenzó a trabajar en...
Used to give details of how one knows the candidate
I have known...for...months / years in my capacity as...at… .
He conocido a X por... meses/años mientras yo desempeñaba el cargo de... en...
Used to give details of how one knows the candidate
I was…boss / supervisor / colleague / teacher from…to… .
Fui jefe / supervisor / colega / profesor de X desde... hasta...
Used to give details of how one knows the candidate
...worked for me on various projects as a..., and based on his / her work, I would rank him / her as one of the best...we have ever had.
X trabajó para mí en varios proyectos como... y basado(a) en su desempeño, lo/la podría calificar como uno de los mejores/una de las mejores... que han trabajado conmigo hasta ahora.
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing

Reference Letter - Experience / Skill Set

Since the beginning of our collaboration I know him / her as a…person.
Desde el principio de nuestro trabajo juntos lo/la aprecié como una persona [adjetivo]...
Used to describe a positive aspect of the candidate's personality
...distinguished himself / herself by…
X se distinguió por su...
Used to explain the main positive attributes that the candidate demonstrated
His / her greatest talent is / lies in…
Su más considerable talento es...
Used to show the candidate's main strengths
He / she is a creative problem-solver.
Es una persona que soluciona problemas de forma creativa.
Used to describe a candidate who readily accepts and solves challenges
He / she has a broad range of skills.
Tiene una amplia gama de habilidades.
Used to describe a candidate who has a good all-round set of skills
He / she communicates his / her ideas clearly.
Él / Ella comunica sus ideas de forma clara.
Used to describe a candidate with good communication skills
He / she handles responsibility well.
Él / Ella sabe lidiar con las responsabilidades que se le asignan.
Used to describe a candidate who can manage a team / project well and who works well under pressure
He / she has a wide-ranged knowledge of… .
Él / Ella tiene un amplio conocimiento de...
Used to describe what skills a candidate already has to offer
He grasps new concepts quickly and accepts constructive criticism and instruction concerning his work.
Comprende nuevos conceptos rápidamente, acepta la crítica constructiva y las intrucciones relacionadas con su trabajo.
Used to describe an astute and dynamic candidate, very complimentary
I would like to mention here, that...is…and has the ability to… .
Me gustaría mencionar que X es... y tiene la habilidad de...
Used to give specific details regarding a candidate's ability to do something
His / her extraordinary ability to...was invaluable.
Su extraordinaria habilidad para... fue invaluable.
Used to describe a candidate's best quality
He / she always takes an active role in… .
Él / Ella siempre toma un rol activo en...
Used to describe a candidate that is active and likes to get involved in work
He / she finishes her work on schedule. When he / she has a concern or question about an assignment, he / she speaks his / her mind clearly and directly, giving voice to what others may feel but cannot or will not say.
Él / Ella culmina sus tareas a tiempo. Cuando tiene una preocupación o pregunta sobre una asignación, se comunica de forma clara y directa, en representación de otros que no pueden o no quieren expresar sus ideas.
Used to describe an astute and dynamic candidate, very complimentary

Reference Letter - Job responsibilities

While he / she was with us he / she… . This responsibility involved… .
Mientras estuvo con nosotros él / ella... . Esa responsabilidad involucraba...
Used to give a list of tasks a candidate undertook and what each entailed
His / her main responsibilities were…
Sus principales responsabilidades fueron...
Used to give a list of tasks a candidate undertook
His / her weekly tasks involved…
Sus tareas diarias involucraban...
Used to give a list of weekly tasks a candidate undertook

Reference Letter - Evaluation

I would like to say that it is pleasant to work with..., he / she is reliable and intelligent person with good sense of humor.
Quisiera decir que es un placer trabajar con X, él / ella es una persona confiable e inteligente con un buen sentido del humor.
Used to give a positive evaluation of a candidate
If his / her performance in our company is a good indication of how he / she would perform in yours, he / she would be an extremely positive asset to your program.
Si su desempeño en nuestra compañía es un buen indicador de su futuro desempeño, él / ella será un activo para su programa/empresa.
Used to give a very positive evaluation of a candidate
In my opinion, ...is a hard-working self-starter who invariably understands exactly what a project is all about.
En mi opinión X es una persona trabajadora y proactiva que entiende exactamente de qué se trata un proyecto específico.
Used to give a positive evaluation of a candidate
...consistently produces high quality work in a timely fashion.
X realiza consistentemente un trabajo de calidad y cumple con los plazos establecidos.
Used to give a positive evaluation of a candidate
The only area of weakness that I ever noted in his / her performance was...
La única debilidad que noté en su desempeño fue...
Used to give a negative aspect when evaluating a candidate
I believe…should be considered ahead of other candidates because…
Creo que X debería ser considerado(a) por encima de otros candidatos porque...
Used to recommend the candidate for specific reasons, a very positive way to evaluate a candidate

Reference Letter - Closing

...will be a great addition to your program. If I can further assist, please e-mail or call me.
X sería una excelente adición para su programa / compañía. Si puedo ser de ayuda, por favor envíeme un correo electrónico o comuníquese conmigo por teléfono.
Used to close a positive reference letter
...has my strong recommendation. He / She will be a credit to your program.
X goza de mi amplia recomendación. Él / Ella será un activo para su programa / empresa.
Used to close a very positive reference letter
I am confident that...will continue to be very productive. He / she has my highest recommendation.
Estoy seguro de que X continuará siendo muy productivo(a). Él / Ella goza de mi amplia recomendación.
Used to close a very positive reference letter
I give him / her my highest recommendation, without reservation. Please send e-mail or call me if you have further questions.
Él / Ella tiene mi más amplia recomendación y sin reservas. Si tiene más preguntas comuníquese conmigo por email o por teléfono.
Used to close an extremely positive reference letter
I firmly believe in his / her outstanding abilities for...and strongly recommend him / her for further education at your university, where he /she can develop and apply his / her bright talents.
Creo firmemente en sus excelentes habilidades de... y lo / la recomiendo ampliamente para que continúe con sus estudios en su universidad, en donde él / ella podrá desarrollar y poner en práctica sus magníficos talentos
Used to close an extremely positive reference letter
It is satisfying to be able to give him / her my highest recommendation. I hope this information proves helpful.
Es un placer poder darle a X mi más amplia recomedación. Espero que esta información sea útil para ustedes...
Used to close an extremely positive reference letter
I enthusiastically recommend...as a promising candidate.
Doy mi recomendación más vehemente a X pues es un candidato prometedor / una candidata prometedora...
Used to close an extremely positive reference letter
Seldom have I been able to recommend someone without reservation. It is a pleasure to do so in the case of… .
Raramente he podido recomendar a alguien sin reservas. Sin embargo es un placer poder hacerlo en el caso de X...
Used to close an extremely positive reference letter
I respect...as a colleague, but I must say that in all honesty, I cannot recommend him / her for your company.
Respeto a X como colega, pero debo decir con toda honestidad que no puedo darle mi recomendación para su compañía...
Used when one doesn't feel the candidate is suitable for the job
I will be pleased to answer any additional questions you may have.
Estaré complacido(a) de poder responder cualquiera de las preguntas que pueda/puedan tener.
Used to close a positive reference letter
You can contact me by letter / e-mail if you require any further information.
Puede contactarme por correo o por correo electrónico si requiere información adicional.
Used to close a positive reference letter