how can I be a great reference for a former coworker? by Alison Green on March 19, 2013 A reader writes: A former coworker reached out to me via LinkedIn recently to ask if I’d be willing to serve as a reference for him during his job search. He is leaving the company where I used to work in a role that was semi-managerial. He was a great coworker and valuable member of our team, so I agreed, but I’m not sure what I need to do to be prepared to give him the reference he deserves. I’ve never been asked to serve as a reference before, so I honestly don’t know what I just agreed to and what the most professional way to approach this is. Most of the advice I’ve seen is regarding people for whom you don’t feel comfortable giving a good reference. Any tips you could provide on what to be sure to mention or avoid and how to stay within the boundaries of professional (rather than personal) comments would be great. You can read my answer to this question at the The Fast Track blog by Intuit QuickBase today. You may also like:what to do when a bad employee asks for a referencehow to decline to be a reference for a former coworkerdo I have to give my ex-girlfriend a job reference?