Sample Reference Letter For Laid Off Employee

If you’re in the unfortunate situation of having to lay off an employee due to economic constraints or other unforeseen circumstances, you may be asked to write a letter of recommendation for the departing employee(s).

Typically, when an employee is laid off, it’s for reasons outside of their control. A strong letter of recommendation can communicate to future employers that the employee should receive strong consideration for employment.

An effective reference letter should include the following points, written on company letterhead:

  • Dates of employment
  • Reference to a layoff that was outside the employee’s control
  • An outline of their duties or some of the key projects on which they worked
  • The employee’s strengths
  • A stated recommendation for the employee

Reference Letter Sample

To Whom It May Concern,

John Smith was employed by ACME Corporation from Start Date to End Date.

Unfortunately, John’s tenure was prematurely cut short due to the economic constraints the company faced as a result of [insert cause here]. John was one of several excellent employees that the company was not able to retain.

During our time working together, John consistently produced excellent work, while displaying an eagerness to take on any project – all with minimal supervision. Whether it was writing highly-researched white papers, editing copy, communicating with reporters and brand influencers, or sourcing and closing brand partnerships, John always delivered excellent results.

I also strongly admire John’s willingness to receive and act on constructive feedback. John is a true professional who is always seeking ways to improve his craft.

I would highly recommend John, without reservation, for any position or career that he may choose to pursue.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me.

Jane Doe
ACME Company

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