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    Technical Reference

    Hi,

    I have been asked to do a Reference on a persons technical skills. I don't know where to start really.

    Can i have some pointers please?

    Thanks

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    How specific is the request? Is it for an external position or internal one?

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    Writing a Reference Letter (With Examples) is quite a good guide to writing such documents.

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    Its not specific they have not got a job lined up as yet

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    Anyone please?

    The person who its for does not have a job yet. It won't be within the same organization, the reference is mainly based of technical skills.

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    How much detail are they wanting?

    Is it a case of "During the time person "A" has worked for me, they've used X,Y and Z, had exposure to 1, 2 and 3. Managed $foo, successfully implemented project $bar......"

    Or more of a blow-by-blow skills audit?

    I'd ask them for more info / get them to write a rough draft of the reference themselves - then you can amend / approve as you see fit.

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    Is this someone who's looking for jobs and wants an open reference they can give to employers or are they saying "if I get an interview will you write me a reference"?

    If it's the former then I'd go with what @pete says - you're going to list what they've done and who they did it - give examples of scale (eg not just "used Ghost to image machines" but "used ghost to install 5 classrooms of computers with 20-30 computers in each room"

    If it's the latter then I think the reference can be similar but you should try and tailor it to the job - so if the advert says "must have experience of working with Windows Server" you can say "has used AD users and computers to do X Y Z" etc etc

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