Reference Letter, Request by Former Employee



Dear _______________:


I am writing to request a letter of reference from you because of our good working relationship in the past.  Anything you can do in this regard would be much appreciated.  As usual, it would be helpful if you could attend to this promptly.


If you would find it helpful to discuss this request, call me any time at your convenience at the number on this letterhead or at _____________________.  It would be helpful if you could include the following information in your reference letter: ______________________________________________________________________.


My employment with the Company ran from ___________ to  ________


Please note that I have included a Permission Letter for your files, to authorize you to release this information.


Please send the letter directly to: ___________________________________________.


Please contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.


Thank you in advance for your help and prompt attention to my request.


Best regards,




Reference Seeker


Enc.  Permission Letter Authorizing Reference


Reference Letter, Request by Former Employee

Review List

This review list is provided to inform you about this document in question and assist you in its preparation.  Reference letters are helpful and rarely used tools.  They are helpful not only for employment but also for business investment purposes and a host of other things.


The above letter is often a good icebreaker for an employer you have not been in contact with for some time.  If you retain any kind of ongoing relationship with the individual, consider calling them instead.   In addition, remember to include the Reference Letter, Permission by Employee, document.  This will expedite the process and, on a more visceral basis, please them that you were thoughtful enough to include it so they could act promptly on your behalf but be covered legally in their personnel files for their reference.


Interestingly, the longer you have been away from employment at the company in question, presuming the same cast of characters are there, the better they will usually remember your employment there.  Their more recent issues have long since obscured whatever problems you may have had there.


If your immediate supervisor left that company, by all means get his or her recommendation even if they are at another company and/or in a different industry.   People generally try to be helpful in this area.


  1. Make a list of possible references.  Keep working on the list for a few days and you will find new, and often better, names popping up.


2.   Call to follow-up on the Reference giver.  Make sure it has been done or get another person to do it, either in that organization or in another.  You are generally advised to get your most enthusiastic backer, though lower in the organization (as long as the enthusiasm relates to your work their).



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