English | Phrases - Application | Reference Letter

Reference Letter - Opening

Distinguido Señor:
Dear Sir,
Formal, male recipient, name unknown
Distinguida Señora:
Dear Madam,
Formal, female recipient, name unknown
Distinguidos Señores:
Dear Sir / Madam,
Formal, recipient name and gender unknown
Apreciados Señores:
Dear Sirs,
Formal, when addressing several unknown people or a whole department
A quien pueda interesar
To whom it may concern,
Formal, recipient/s name and gender completely unknown
Apreciado Sr. Pérez:
Dear Mr. Smith,
Formal, male recipient, name known
Apreciada Sra. Pérez:
Dear Mrs. Smith,
Formal, female recipient, married, name known
Apreciada Srta. Pérez:
Dear Miss Smith,
Formal, female recipient, single, name known
Apreciada Sra. Pérez:
Dear Ms. Smith,
Formal, female recipient, name known, marital status unknown
Me siento complacido(a) de ser contactado(a) como persona de referencia para X...
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
Conocí a X en..., cuando se unió a...
I first became acquainted with...in..., when he joined...
Used to give details of how one knows the candidate
X me ha pedido escribir una carta de recomendación para acompañar su solicitud de... . Y me complace hacerlo...
...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
Ha sido un placer haber sido el jefe / supervisor / colega de X... desde...
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
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.
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
Puedo recomendar abiertamente a X...
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
Me complace escribir una carta de recomendación para X...
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
He conocido a X desde..., cuando él / ella se inscribió en mi clase / comenzó a trabajar en...
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
He conocido a X por... meses/años mientras yo desempeñaba el cargo de... en...
I have known...for...months / years in my capacity as...at… .
Used to give details of how one knows the candidate
Fui jefe / supervisor / colega / profesor de X desde... hasta...
I was…boss / supervisor / colleague / teacher from…to… .
Used to give details of how one knows the candidate
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.
...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

Desde el principio de nuestro trabajo juntos lo/la aprecié como una persona [adjetivo]...
Since the beginning of our collaboration I know him / her as a…person.
Used to describe a positive aspect of the candidate's personality
X se distinguió por su...
...distinguished himself / herself by…
Used to explain the main positive attributes that the candidate demonstrated
Su más considerable talento es...
His / her greatest talent is / lies in…
Used to show the candidate's main strengths
Es una persona que soluciona problemas de forma creativa.
He / she is a creative problem-solver.
Used to describe a candidate who readily accepts and solves challenges
Tiene una amplia gama de habilidades.
He / she has a broad range of skills.
Used to describe a candidate who has a good all-round set of skills
Él / Ella comunica sus ideas de forma clara.
He / she communicates his / her ideas clearly.
Used to describe a candidate with good communication skills
Él / Ella sabe lidiar con las responsabilidades que se le asignan.
He / she handles responsibility well.
Used to describe a candidate who can manage a team / project well and who works well under pressure
Él / Ella tiene un amplio conocimiento de...
He / she has a wide-ranged knowledge of… .
Used to describe what skills a candidate already has to offer
Comprende nuevos conceptos rápidamente, acepta la crítica constructiva y las intrucciones relacionadas con su trabajo.
He grasps new concepts quickly and accepts constructive criticism and instruction concerning his work.
Used to describe an astute and dynamic candidate, very complimentary
Me gustaría mencionar que X es... y tiene la habilidad de...
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
Su extraordinaria habilidad para... fue invaluable.
His / her extraordinary ability to...was invaluable.
Used to describe a candidate's best quality
Él / Ella siempre toma un rol activo en...
He / she always takes an active role in… .
Used to describe a candidate that is active and likes to get involved in work
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.
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

Mientras estuvo con nosotros él / ella... . Esa responsabilidad involucraba...
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
Sus principales responsabilidades fueron...
His / her main responsibilities were…
Used to give a list of tasks a candidate undertook
Sus tareas diarias involucraban...
His / her weekly tasks involved…
Used to give a list of weekly tasks a candidate undertook

Reference Letter - Evaluation

Quisiera decir que es un placer trabajar con X, él / ella es una persona confiable e inteligente con un buen sentido del humor.
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
Si su desempeño en nuestra compañía es un buen indicador de su futuro desempeño, él / ella será un activo para su programa/empresa.
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
En mi opinión X es una persona trabajadora y proactiva que entiende exactamente de qué se trata un proyecto específico.
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
X realiza consistentemente un trabajo de calidad y cumple con los plazos establecidos.
...consistently produces high quality work in a timely fashion.
Used to give a positive evaluation of a candidate
La única debilidad que noté en su desempeño fue...
The only area of weakness that I ever noted in his / her performance was...
Used to give a negative aspect when evaluating a candidate
Creo que X debería ser considerado(a) por encima de otros candidatos porque...
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

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.
...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
X goza de mi amplia recomendación. Él / Ella será un activo para su programa / empresa.
...has my strong recommendation. He / She will be a credit to your program.
Used to close a very positive reference letter
Estoy seguro de que X continuará siendo muy productivo(a). Él / Ella goza de mi amplia recomendación.
I am confident that...will continue to be very productive. He / she has my highest recommendation.
Used to close a very positive reference letter
Él / Ella tiene mi más amplia recomendación y sin reservas. Si tiene más preguntas comuníquese conmigo por email o por teléfono.
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
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
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
Es un placer poder darle a X mi más amplia recomedación. Espero que esta información sea útil para ustedes...
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
Doy mi recomendación más vehemente a X pues es un candidato prometedor / una candidata prometedora...
I enthusiastically recommend...as a promising candidate.
Used to close an extremely positive reference letter
Raramente he podido recomendar a alguien sin reservas. Sin embargo es un placer poder hacerlo en el caso de X...
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
Respeto a X como colega, pero debo decir con toda honestidad que no puedo darle mi recomendación para su compañía...
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
Estaré complacido(a) de poder responder cualquiera de las preguntas que pueda/puedan tener.
I will be pleased to answer any additional questions you may have.
Used to close a positive reference letter
Puede contactarme por correo o por correo electrónico si requiere información adicional.
You can contact me by letter / e-mail if you require any further information.
Used to close a positive reference letter