INTRODUCTION TO REFERENCES THE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION References are people who can give prospective employer(s) information about any applicant, their attitude and ability. Here are some things to note when asking for letters of recommendation. Carefully consider who to ask for a reference letter. Try to select people who are well known from different activities and be sure to ask these individuals for their permission to use them as references. Suggestions: teacher, counselor, employer, coach, minister, Scout Leader, neighbor or family friend. Relatives and students are not acceptable. The letter of recommendation should be addressed to the employer or To Whom It May Concern. Please note: References need to be individuals who believe in you and know you well enough to give you a good recommendation. Don’t ask someone who is not well enough acquainted with you that he or she cannot write a sincere and positive letter. References cannot be a family member Suggestions: teacher, counselor, employer, coach, minister, Scout Leader, neighbor, or family friend Include name, address, and phone number Ask permission to use the person’s name SAMPLE LIST OF REFERENCES References Ann Leonard Redlands East Valley High School 31000 East Colton Avenue Redlands, CA 92374 (909) 389-2500 Jonathan Jarboe Temple Baptist Church 611 Cypress Avenue Redlands, CA 92373 (909) 793-2448 INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKING LIST (Optional) If you know individuals who might offer you business connections, include name, address and phone number.
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