How to ask for a job reference letter.
You have decided on the people you would like to serve as employment references during your job search. It is important ask their permission to put their names forward as references. This way they will not be taken by surprise when they are contacted by a potential employer.
The better prepared they are for the reference request the more likely they will provide a relevant and positive job reference.
If you want to ask someone to write an employment reference letter for you, this sample letter and email will help you.
Adapt these sample letters for your own purposes.
Sample request for a reference letter
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Dear Mr Jones
I am currently involved in searching for a new position and would appreciate your help. I would like to include you in my list of references as someone who has a good knowledge of my skills and abilities.
If you are willing to act as one of my references I will include your name, title and contact details on my reference list and I will keep you updated about possible contact from a potential employer.
At this point, I would be grateful if you would write a letter of recommendation for me to include with my job search documents. I would appreciate it if you could outline my responsibilities while at XYZ Company and attest to the skills and abilities I demonstrated in the job.
Please let me know if you are comfortable with this request and if there is any information I can provide in connection with this.
Use this sample employment reference letter to see what a professional letter of reference should include.
Email requesting a job reference letter
I am applying for a new position and would like to include you as a reference. Having worked together for some time I regard you as someone who has a good knowledge of my work abilities and performance and who will provide a valid employment reference.
I need a job reference letter to include with my application and I would be grateful if you would write an employment reference for me. The application closing date is January 30, 2016 and I can either collect the letter or you can email it to me before this date.
Please let me know if if there is any information I can provide in connection with this.
Thank you for your assistance.
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Having good references can be the deciding factor in getting the job you want. Plan ahead and make sure you get the recommendation letter you need.