If you’re interviewing for a new job, expect to have your references checked prior to getting an offer. Having good references can be the clincher to getting that new job. Plan ahead and compile alist of references and some letters of recommendation now, so you’re prepared when a prospective employer requests them.

Sample letter asking someone to provide a reference for employment. This letter can be sent via email or paper mail. If you request a reference via email, include the following in the subject line of your message: Your Name – Reference Request.

Letter Sample Requesting a Reference

Dear Ms. Taylor,

I am writing to ask whether it would be possible for you to provide a reference for me.

If you were able to attest to my qualifications for employment, and the skills I attained during my student teaching experience at ABC Elementary School, I would sincerely appreciate it.

I am in the process of seeking employment and a positive reference from you would enhance my prospects of achieving my career goals.

Please let me know if there is any information I can provide regarding my experience to assist you in giving me a reference. I can be reached at or (111) 111-1111.

Thank you for your consideration.


Jane Smith
SOURCE: Alison Doyle, Guide 

On June 1, 2012, posted in: Career Center by

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