French | Phrases - Application | Reference Letter

Reference Letter - Opening

Dear Sir,
Monsieur,
Formal, male recipient, name unknown
Dear Madam,
Madame,
Formal, female recipient, name unknown
Dear Sir / Madam,
Madame, Monsieur,
Formal, recipient name and gender unknown
Dear Sirs,
Madame, Monsieur
Formal, when addressing several unknown people or a whole department
To whom it may concern,
Aux principaux concernés,
Formal, recipient/s name and gender completely unknown
Dear Mr. Smith,
Monsieur Dupont,
Formal, male recipient, name known
Dear Mrs. Smith,
Madame Dupont,
Formal, female recipient, married, name known
Dear Miss Smith,
Mademoiselle Dupont,
Formal, female recipient, single, name known
Dear Ms. Smith,
Madame Dupont,
Formal, female recipient, name known, marital status unknown
I am delighted to be called upon as a reference for…
C'est avec plaisir que je recommande...
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...
J'ai d'abord fait la connaissance de... en..., quand il a rejoint...
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.
...m'a demandé de rédiger une lettre de recommandation pour accompagner sa candidature pour... . C'est avec plaisir que je m'exécute.
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… .
Ce fut un plaisir d'être le responsable / supérieur direct / collègue de... depuis...
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.
Je suis heureux d'écrire cette lettre de recommandation pour... Dans cette lettre j'aimerais exprimer mon respect et mon estime pour cette jeune et brillante personne qui a apporté une contribution remarquable à mon équipe.
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…
Je n'ai aucune hésitation à écrire une lettre de recommandation pour...
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…
C'est un plaisir de rédiger une lettre de recommandation pour...
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… .
Je connais...depuis... , quand il/elle a commencé dans mon cours / a commencé à travailler chez...
Used to give details of how one knows the candidate
I have known...for...months / years in my capacity as...at… .
Je connais...depuis... mois/ans en tant que...chez...
Used to give details of how one knows the candidate
I was…boss / supervisor / colleague / teacher from…to… .
Je fus le responsable / responsable direct / collègue / professeur de... de... à...
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.
... a travaillé pour moi sur de nombreux projets en tant que..., et sur la base de son travail, je le/la décrirais comme un(e) des meilleurs... que nous ayons jamais eu(e).
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.
Depuis le début de notre collaboration, j'ai toujours trouvé que... était une personne...
Used to describe a positive aspect of the candidate's personality
...distinguished himself / herself by…
... se distingue par...
Used to explain the main positive attributes that the candidate demonstrated
His / her greatest talent is / lies in…
Sa qualité principale est ...
Used to show the candidate's main strengths
He / she is a creative problem-solver.
Il/elle possède une grande créativité pour solutionner les problèmes.
Used to describe a candidate who readily accepts and solves challenges
He / she has a broad range of skills.
Il/elle possède une large palette de compétences.
Used to describe a candidate who has a good all-round set of skills
He / she communicates his / her ideas clearly.
Il/elle communique ses idées clairement.
Used to describe a candidate with good communication skills
He / she handles responsibility well.
Il/elle est une personne à qui on peut confier des responsabilités.
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… .
Il/elle possède des connaissances approfondies en...
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.
Il/elle assimile les nouveaux concepts très rapidement et accepte les critiques constructives concernant son travail.
Used to describe an astute and dynamic candidate, very complimentary
I would like to mention here, that...is…and has the ability to… .
Je voudrais signaler que... est... et qu'il a la capacité à...
Used to give specific details regarding a candidate's ability to do something
His / her extraordinary ability to...was invaluable.
Son extraordinaire capacité à... fut inestimable.
Used to describe a candidate's best quality
He / she always takes an active role in… .
Il/elle participe activement dans...
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.
Il/elle finit son travail dans les délais impartis. Quand il/elle fait face à un problème ou soulève une question concernant une tâche qui lui a été assignée, il/elle n'hésite pas à parler directement, se faisant la voix de ceux qui n'osent pas parler.
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… .
Pendant qu'il/elle était parmi nous, il/elle a... Cette responsabilité impliquait...
Used to give a list of tasks a candidate undertook and what each entailed
His / her main responsibilities were…
Ses principales fonctions consistaient en...
Used to give a list of tasks a candidate undertook
His / her weekly tasks involved…
Ses tâches hebdomadaires comprenaient...
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.
Je voudrais dire qu'il est agréable de travailler avec..., c'est une personne intelligente sur qui l'on peut compter et qui a aussi le sens de l'humour.
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.
Ses performances dans notre entreprise sont un bon indicateur sur ses performances futures dans votre entreprise, il/elle serait un apport extrêmement positif à votre programme.
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.
À mes yeux, ... est une personne travailleuse capable de travailler sans supervision et qui comprend exactement l'enjeu d'un projet.
Used to give a positive evaluation of a candidate
...consistently produces high quality work in a timely fashion.
... produit un travail de grande qualité et respecte toujours les délais impartis.
Used to give a positive evaluation of a candidate
The only area of weakness that I ever noted in his / her performance was...
Le seul domaine dans lequel... s'est montré(e) moins performant(e) est...
Used to give a negative aspect when evaluating a candidate
I believe…should be considered ahead of other candidates because…
Je pense sincèrement que... devrait être considéré comme le candidat le plus adapté parce que...
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.
... serait un atout de choix à votre programme. Pour plus de renseignements, merci de me contacter par courriel ou par téléphone.
Used to close a positive reference letter
...has my strong recommendation. He / She will be a credit to your program.
Je recommande très chaudement... . Il/elle apporterait un plus à votre programme.
Used to close a very positive reference letter
I am confident that...will continue to be very productive. He / she has my highest recommendation.
Je suis persuadé(e) que... continuera à être très efficace. Je le/la recommande chaleureusement.
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.
Je le/la recommande sans aucune réserve. N'hésitez pas à me contacter par courriel ou par téléphone si vous avez des questions supplémentaires.
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.
Je crois sincèrement en ses capacités remarquables concernant... et je le/la recommande fortement pour votre université, où il/elle saura se développer et appliquer ses talents exceptionnels.
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.
C'est un plaisir personnel de pouvoir vous le/la recommander. J'espère que cette que information s'avèrera utile.
Used to close an extremely positive reference letter
I enthusiastically recommend...as a promising candidate.
Je recommande avec enthousiasme... qui se prouve être un candidat prometteur.
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… .
J'ai rarement eu l'occasion de recommander quelqu'un sans aucune réserve. C'est un plaisir de pouvoir le faire dans le cas de...
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.
J'ai un grand respect pour... en tant que collègue, mais en toute honnêteté, je ne peux pas le/la recommander pour votre entreprise.
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.
Je serai ravi(e) de répondre à toutes autres questions que vous pourriez avoir.
Used to close a positive reference letter
You can contact me by letter / e-mail if you require any further information.
Vous pouvez me contacter par lettre ou courriel pour toute information complémentaire.
Used to close a positive reference letter