Employment references and recommendations are vital for your job application. Learn how to list your references, and get your network to provide you with strong recommendations and letters of reference.
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Sample Reference Letter for an Employee
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Example of a Reference Letter for a Job
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Reference Letter Samples From an Employee's Manager
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Tips for Sending an Email to Request a Reference
Here Are Some Tips on How to Write a Reference Letter for a Friend
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How to Write a Business Reference Letter
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Learn About Reference and Request Letters for Academic Recommendations
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How to Write a Recommendation Letter for a Promotion
Image shows a hand holding up a piece of paper with a small thank you card at the bottom right. Text reads: "Choose someone who: thinks highly of you, can speak about your professional skills. Be sure to: ask permission before sharing their name, give an easy way to decline, and be polite and warm. Mention: why they would be an ideal reference, background information including your current resume, your prospective job, your relevant skills. When you get the job, send a thank you note!"
Sample Letters and Email Messages Asking for a Reference
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Sample Emails to Request a Reference From a Professor or Advisor
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Check Out Sample Recommendation Letters for Service Providers
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Recommendation Letter Samples for Employment
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Free Reference Letter Template for Employment
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What to Include in a Letter of Recommendation
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Tips on How to Ask and Get a Great Job Recommendation
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Reference Letter Sample That Explains Lay-Off From Previous Job
Image shows a person writing on paper. Text reads: Steps to take before submitting references: Ask permission from each of your references; Provide references with a heads up that someone might be calling to ask about you; Remind references about your skills and accomplishments; Make sure list of references is up to date, accurate, and error-free"
How to Format a List of References for Employment
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Customize Your Own Recommendation Letter With This Template
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Use This Email Example to Request a Reference
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What is Included in an Employment Background Check
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What You Should Know About Job References
Image shows a woman with red curly hair writing a handwritten letter. Out of the letter is a small bubble depicting another woman, posing with her hands on her hips, indicating she is the subject of the letter. Text reads: "What to include in a character reference letter: 1) State your relationship with the job candidate and how long you have known him or her. 2) Focus on one or two of the candidate's strongest qualities or skills that you think will make them stand out in the job search. 3) Provide contact information."
Character Reference Letter Example and Writing Tips
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Best Way to Get a Recommendation from a Professor
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The Best Ways to Get Great Recommendations on LinkedIn
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What Is a Professional Reference?
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Sample Reference List for Employment
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How to Get A Good Recommendation Letter
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Who You Should Ask for an Employment Reference
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How to Write a Letter of Recommendation for a Summer Worker
This illustration lists what to know about a character reference letter including "Focuses on character over job experience and technical skills," "Emphasizes personal qualities like loyalty, ethics and trustworthiness," "Written by someone who knows you well, like a family friend," and "Can help job application stand out, if employment background isn't strong."
Character Reference Letter Sample for Employment Purposes
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Tips for Writing a Great Student Recommendation Letter
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Writing an Employee Recommendation Letter
Text reads: "Tips for writing a personal recommendation letter: focus on the job description; think carefully before accepting this task; use the official business letter format; explain how you know the person, and for how long; share your contact information; remain positive"
Personal Recommendation Letter Samples
This illustration lists tips for requesting a reference including "Choose whom to ask wisely," "Phrase your request carefully," "Include all useful information," "Edit your correspondence carefully," "Use postal mail or email," and "Say thank you."
Sample Letter Requesting Permission to Use Someone as a Reference
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Child Care Reference Letter and Email Examples
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See a Sample Employment Reference Letter Written by a Manager
Should You Include References on Your Resume?
Text reads: "What to include in a reference request letter: Explain your need for a reference; Brief reminder of your connection with recipient; Reference submission deadline; Sincere thanks for recipient’s help; Your contact information"
How to Request a Reference Letter for Employment
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How Do You Write a Reference Letter for Law School?
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How to Turn Down a Reference Request
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What Is a Reference Check?
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Tips for Turning Down a Request for a Reference
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Best Letter Samples for Writing a Positive Recommendation
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What You Should Know About Passing Employment Drug Tests
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Sample Reference Letters for a High School Student
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Recommendation Letter Examples for an Internship
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How Do You Phrase a Letter for a Negative Recommendation?
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Recommendation Letter Sample for a Business School Student
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Tips for Following Up With Your References
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Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Background Checks