Hopefully I'm not asking too late on a Friday evening!
I've been asked to provide a character reference for someone who is moving to Australia. I'm happy to do so, and happy to back up what I'll be saying if I'm contacted by potential employers. I've been looking online for samples or templates I can use, however all of them seem to be aimed at writing references for as specific job or purpose. This girl will need the character reference for employment/accomodation/emigration purposes etc, a kind of catch all.
I was going to go along the lines of:
Dear Sirs/To whom it may concern,
I have known Mary for more than 10 years, as a neighbour and close family friend. During that time, I have seen Mary graduate from school, attend college, achieve her qualifications and return to work in her hometown. I have found Mary to be a bright, enthusiastic and obliging person, known for her work ethic and reliability. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mary for any position or situation while she is in Australia and wish her the very best of luck.
If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate in contacting me.
Would appreciate any advice or thoughts =)