A Reference letter is a letter in which the writer makes a general assessment of the qualities, characteristics, and capabilities of a person or confirms details about that individual’s situation or circumstances. Also a reference letter is a statement of the qualifications of a person seeking employment or appointment, given by someone familiar with the person.
A reference letters is different from recommendation letter in the sense that it's usually more general in nature and are not normally addressed to a specific requestor. Normally, letter of reference is addressed as; "To Whom It May Concern" or "Dear Sir/Madam". Letters of reference typically include: character-related, college program admission-related, employment-related, or general purpose letters.
A reference letters are something that can be instrumental in getting someone a job, an apartment, a college acceptance or other crucial milestones in life. Sample reference letters, academic references, personal references, letters asking for a reference, and lists of references.