Employee Referral Cover Letter

Cover Letter Mentioning Referral By Employee

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"It's not what you know, but who you know" as the saying goes and there's significant truth to that as many companies encourage and reward their employees for referring job candidates. According to "7 Things You Should Know About Employee Referrals" on USNews.com, here are some reasons why.

The Power of Using Employee Referrals in Your Cover Letter

Referred candidates are hired about 66% of the time. It doesn't matter what type of position your contact holds, it's simply the connection and referral he makes for you.

Companies also believe that an applicant referred by an internal source will have a better chance of fitting in with the company and its culture and thus enjoy their work more.

More than half of employees make referrals. Based on a survey commissioned by iCIMS, a provider of talent acquisition solutions, 60 percent of employees have referred at least one person to an open job and 38 percent have referred multiple candidates.

Referrals from higher ups seal the deal. Contact top executives as referrals for the best result. According to the iCIMS survey, 91 percent of referrals from someone at the director level were hired, versus 53 percent of hired referrals from an entry-level employee.

Here's a sample employee referral letter that you can customize to suit your circumstances. Don't forget to provide a copy of your cover letter to your contact as a reminder.

Employee Referral Cover Letter


Dear Ms.


I am writing in reference to the position of Youth Counselor at the Sunnyside Group Home. I have the pleasure of being acquainted with one of the Counselors on your staff, Eleanor Seville. Eleanor and I did our undergraduate work together at Sunnyville University and have been in touch professionally and personally since then.

She let me know about the open position and recommended that I contact you.

I have been working with at-risk youths for 15 years, and have found the experience extremely rewarding. I have counseled young people with a variety of challenges, including family situations, drug use, eating disorders and behavioral issues. My experience makes me well suited to help the residents at Sunnyside learn and grow in a protected environment.

While I have experience in working with all ages, I believe that the adolescent population at your facility would benefit from the knowledge I gained during the past five years while working in Student Services at Sunnyville High School. I was recognized by the District as "Outstanding Teen Leader 2009" for the After School Job Mentoring program I developed and implemented with the cooperation of several local businesses.

I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss what I have to bring to the position at Sunnyside.  Thank you for reviewing my attached resume.


Stephanie Smith

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