How to Send an Email Requesting a Reference for a Job
How you ask for a job reference can be as important as who you select as a reference for a job. You will want to select references who can portray your qualifications in the best possible light. Also vital is to have a list of references who will respond to reference requests in a responsive and timely manner. It’s often most convenient to send an email message to request a recommendation for a job.
On the next line, begin the body of the letter. The body of your letter should mention the nature and duration of your relationship, especially if the contact isn’t one you are frequently in touch with. You should also provide some details about your job search, such as what the job is, why you’re asking for their endorsement, and how this job is a good career move for you.
To conclude, mention any additional materials you have attached, such as your resume and a copy of the job description or posting. Be sure to thank them for their time and consideration.
Your email closing should be followed by your name and contact information.
Example of an Email Requesting a Reference For a Job
Subject: Paul Katcher – Reference Request
I am in the process of seeking a new position as a software architect and am hoping that you will provide a reference for me.
Having worked with you for many years, I believe that you can provide potential employers with information about my skills that will enhance my chances of getting the job.
I have enclosed an updated copy of my resume. Please let me know if there is additional information that you would need to act as a reference on my behalf.
Thank you very much for taking the time to consider my request.
When someone agrees to give you a reference, make sure you send a thank you right away. It’s important to let the people in your network know that you appreciate their support and that you are willing to reciprocate if asked.