Sample Reference Request Letter

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Sample letter asking someone to provide a reference for employment. This letter can be sent via email or paper mail. If you request a reference via email, include the following in the subject line of your message: Your Name - Reference Request.

Requesting a Reference Letter Sample

Dear Mr. Doe,

I am writing to ask whether it would be possible for you to provide a reference for me.

If you were able to attest to my qualifications for employment, and the skills I attained during my tenure at ABC Company, I would sincerely appreciate it.

I am in the process of seeking employment and a positive reference from you would enhance my prospects of achieving my career goals.

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 or (111) 111-1111.

Thank you for your consideration.


John Smith

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