English | Phrases - Application | Reference Letter

Reference Letter - Opening

Monsieur,
Dear Sir,
Formal, male recipient, name unknown
Madame,
Dear Madam,
Formal, female recipient, name unknown
Madame, Monsieur,
Dear Sir / Madam,
Formal, recipient name and gender unknown
Madame, Monsieur
Dear Sirs,
Formal, when addressing several unknown people or a whole department
Aux principaux concernés,
To whom it may concern,
Formal, recipient/s name and gender completely unknown
Monsieur Dupont,
Dear Mr. Smith,
Formal, male recipient, name known
Madame Dupont,
Dear Mrs. Smith,
Formal, female recipient, married, name known
Mademoiselle Dupont,
Dear Miss Smith,
Formal, female recipient, single, name known
Madame Dupont,
Dear Ms. Smith,
Formal, female recipient, name known, marital status unknown
C'est avec plaisir que je recommande...
I am delighted to be called upon as a reference for…
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing
J'ai d'abord fait la connaissance de... en..., quand il a rejoint...
I first became acquainted with...in..., when he joined...
Used to give details of how one knows the candidate
...m'a demandé de rédiger une lettre de recommandation pour accompagner sa candidature pour... . C'est avec plaisir que je m'exécute.
...has asked me to write a letter of recommendation to accompany his application for… . I am very pleased to do so.
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing
Ce fut un plaisir d'être le responsable / supérieur direct / collègue de... depuis...
It has been a pleasure to be…'s boss / supervisor / colleague since… .
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing
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.
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.
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing
Je n'ai aucune hésitation à écrire une lettre de recommandation pour...
I have no hesitancy in writing a letter of recommendation for…
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing
C'est un plaisir de rédiger une lettre de recommandation pour...
It is a pleasure to write a letter of recommendation for…
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing
Je connais...depuis... , quand il/elle a commencé dans mon cours / a commencé à travailler chez...
I have known...since… , when he / she enrolled in my class / began to work at… .
Used to give details of how one knows the candidate
Je connais...depuis... mois/ans en tant que...chez...
I have known...for...months / years in my capacity as...at… .
Used to give details of how one knows the candidate
Je fus le responsable / responsable direct / collègue / professeur de... de... à...
I was…boss / supervisor / colleague / teacher from…to… .
Used to give details of how one knows the candidate
... 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).
...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.
Used as an opening phrase when one has enjoyed working with the person about whom he / she is writing

Reference Letter - Experience / Skill Set

Depuis le début de notre collaboration, j'ai toujours trouvé que... était une personne...
Since the beginning of our collaboration I know him / her as a…person.
Used to describe a positive aspect of the candidate's personality
... se distingue par...
...distinguished himself / herself by…
Used to explain the main positive attributes that the candidate demonstrated
Sa qualité principale est ...
His / her greatest talent is / lies in…
Used to show the candidate's main strengths
Il/elle possède une grande créativité pour solutionner les problèmes.
He / she is a creative problem-solver.
Used to describe a candidate who readily accepts and solves challenges
Il/elle possède une large palette de compétences.
He / she has a broad range of skills.
Used to describe a candidate who has a good all-round set of skills
Il/elle communique ses idées clairement.
He / she communicates his / her ideas clearly.
Used to describe a candidate with good communication skills
Il/elle est une personne à qui on peut confier des responsabilités.
He / she handles responsibility well.
Used to describe a candidate who can manage a team / project well and who works well under pressure
Il/elle possède des connaissances approfondies en...
He / she has a wide-ranged knowledge of… .
Used to describe what skills a candidate already has to offer
Il/elle assimile les nouveaux concepts très rapidement et accepte les critiques constructives concernant son travail.
He grasps new concepts quickly and accepts constructive criticism and instruction concerning his work.
Used to describe an astute and dynamic candidate, very complimentary
Je voudrais signaler que... est... et qu'il a la capacité à...
I would like to mention here, that...is…and has the ability to… .
Used to give specific details regarding a candidate's ability to do something
Son extraordinaire capacité à... fut inestimable.
His / her extraordinary ability to...was invaluable.
Used to describe a candidate's best quality
Il/elle participe activement dans...
He / she always takes an active role in… .
Used to describe a candidate that is active and likes to get involved in work
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.
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.
Used to describe an astute and dynamic candidate, very complimentary

Reference Letter - Job responsibilities

Pendant qu'il/elle était parmi nous, il/elle a... Cette responsabilité impliquait...
While he / she was with us he / she… . This responsibility involved… .
Used to give a list of tasks a candidate undertook and what each entailed
Ses principales fonctions consistaient en...
His / her main responsibilities were…
Used to give a list of tasks a candidate undertook
Ses tâches hebdomadaires comprenaient...
His / her weekly tasks involved…
Used to give a list of weekly tasks a candidate undertook

Reference Letter - Evaluation

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.
I would like to say that it is pleasant to work with..., he / she is reliable and intelligent person with good sense of humor.
Used to give a positive evaluation of a candidate
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.
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.
Used to give a very positive evaluation of a candidate
À mes yeux, ... est une personne travailleuse capable de travailler sans supervision et qui comprend exactement l'enjeu d'un projet.
In my opinion, ...is a hard-working self-starter who invariably understands exactly what a project is all about.
Used to give a positive evaluation of a candidate
... produit un travail de grande qualité et respecte toujours les délais impartis.
...consistently produces high quality work in a timely fashion.
Used to give a positive evaluation of a candidate
Le seul domaine dans lequel... s'est montré(e) moins performant(e) est...
The only area of weakness that I ever noted in his / her performance was...
Used to give a negative aspect when evaluating a candidate
Je pense sincèrement que... devrait être considéré comme le candidat le plus adapté parce que...
I believe…should be considered ahead of other candidates because…
Used to recommend the candidate for specific reasons, a very positive way to evaluate a candidate

Reference Letter - Closing

... serait un atout de choix à votre programme. Pour plus de renseignements, merci de me contacter par courriel ou par téléphone.
...will be a great addition to your program. If I can further assist, please e-mail or call me.
Used to close a positive reference letter
Je recommande très chaudement... . Il/elle apporterait un plus à votre programme.
...has my strong recommendation. He / She will be a credit to your program.
Used to close a very positive reference letter
Je suis persuadé(e) que... continuera à être très efficace. Je le/la recommande chaleureusement.
I am confident that...will continue to be very productive. He / she has my highest recommendation.
Used to close a very positive reference letter
Je le/la recommande sans aucune réserve. N'hésitez pas à me contacter par courriel ou par téléphone si vous avez des questions supplémentaires.
I give him / her my highest recommendation, without reservation. Please send e-mail or call me if you have further questions.
Used to close an extremely positive reference letter
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.
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.
Used to close an extremely positive reference letter
C'est un plaisir personnel de pouvoir vous le/la recommander. J'espère que cette que information s'avèrera utile.
It is satisfying to be able to give him / her my highest recommendation. I hope this information proves helpful.
Used to close an extremely positive reference letter
Je recommande avec enthousiasme... qui se prouve être un candidat prometteur.
I enthusiastically recommend...as a promising candidate.
Used to close an extremely positive reference letter
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...
Seldom have I been able to recommend someone without reservation. It is a pleasure to do so in the case of… .
Used to close an extremely positive reference letter
J'ai un grand respect pour... en tant que collègue, mais en toute honnêteté, je ne peux pas le/la recommander pour votre entreprise.
I respect...as a colleague, but I must say that in all honesty, I cannot recommend him / her for your company.
Used when one doesn't feel the candidate is suitable for the job
Je serai ravi(e) de répondre à toutes autres questions que vous pourriez avoir.
I will be pleased to answer any additional questions you may have.
Used to close a positive reference letter
Vous pouvez me contacter par lettre ou courriel pour toute information complémentaire.
You can contact me by letter / e-mail if you require any further information.
Used to close a positive reference letter