This document sets forth a template letter written by an individual to his or her former
employer whereby the former employee is seeking a recommendation in connection
with new job. This form is intended to supply standard language and can be customized
to fit the unique needs and past experiences of any individual. This letter should be
used by job candidates who desire to use former employers as reference for a new
REQUEST FOR REFERENCE
Subject: Request for Reference for ____________________
I have applied for a position with _____________________, and a positive reference from
you would help me in achieving my career goals. I was honored to work with you in the past
and I have a great deal of respect for you and your professionalism. I am writing to request
the honor of you being a professional reference for me. I feel you are the ideal person to attest
to my qualifications, my character and my employment skills that I attained during my tenure
at ___________________. I would sincerely appreciate it.
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 ______________________________
Thank you in advance for your consideration.