In highly competitive employment environment, every reference to skills, performance and experience is important.
One of the most important for entry level people is the work experience reference, which is the first real work reference they receive.
Work experience references should:
These references are very useful for other businesses in the area of employment, because they define the job applicant's level of experience in a meaningful sense.
The example below is from a retailer detailing work experience for a shop assistant. As you can see, the actual work and experience are clearly stated. This matters, because the other employer can also see what the candidate hasn't done in retail, like cash books, bank reconciliations, etc.
Note the recommendation at the end of the letter. This is the basic reference.
To Whom It May Concern:
Retail work experience: Ms. J. Smith
Ms Smith was employed as a trainee shop assistant by this firm for the period 1 June 2010 to 30 June 2010.
Ms. Smith performed all of the above duties extremely well throughout her entire work experience tenure. We are happy to confirm her skills in all these fundamental retail operations, and will support any application she chooses to make for employment in the retail area.