Request for Employment Reference Letters [How-To]

When applying for a position in any industry, it is important that you write a request for an employment reference letter. There are several benefits to doing so. The purpose of this document is to demonstrate your passion for the work, as well as your ability to work on-site without supervision. Here are some things to know about this type of document.

Why You Should Have Reference Letters?

The main benefit is to ask for references letters is to show HR’s whether you can fit with a new team. When a company search for people to hire, they look for candidates that will meet a corporate policy and team spirit. When asking for letters, they can be as simple as a two-page typed document. Also, it can be professionally created for the money. However, for those who don’t have the money or the time, it is important to follow some tips to help them write the best reference letters possible. Example of a good reference letter:

You may find a lot of Microsoft Word template with requests to create the reference letters. Depending on the size of the files, you may want to open the file and just edit it to fit in a Word document or PDF format. This ensures that the information is all enclosed within the proper formatting and that it is easy to read. You can also save the file as a PDF if you know how to do this. There are many software programs that offer PDF capabilities, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one.

Next, you need to make sure you have the right spelling and grammar. Even if you have native English speaking skills, it is still crucial to proofread and spell-check the file before sending it off. Do not send a file that could potentially be mistaken for spam e-mails. By law, companies must inform anyone who is read or receives fax about the background of an employee. If the company employee sending the employment reference letters out through fax, they should make sure that the receiver is authorized to get such documents. So it’s better to go one-on-one for the faster proceeding.

Mistakes in Employment Refference Letters

The most common mistake people make when writing a request for an employment reference letter is using fancy words with no meaning. Instead of saying “I have 7 years of work experience” or “I am a graduate student,” say something like “I worked as a salesman in the summer months in a small department store.” If you want, you can shorten it to just the words “employed” and “work experience.” That will sound professional and sassy, but it won’t really mean anything to a potential employer unless you include it in your resume.

One more mistake is that many people use technical terms like “certification” and “licensing” when they really mean “training certification” or “licensing exam.” They sound professional and sassy, but they don’t actually mean anything. Instead of saying that I was a member of the Canadian Army (the term training certification) or that I was a contestant on American Idol (the term licensing), send along a simple explanation that says I did X and Y in a school or community college. The training certification or licensing exams are not required to be mentioned or listed in the applicant’s curriculum vitae. Employers do not need to inquire about what certifications I have either. If they do, just mention it.

The final mistake would be to send a covering letter and resume only. Don’t send an application and a cover letter by themselves. Include them both! You are an X employee, send back a cover letter and resume explaining why you want to work with the X, and then send the application and the Salsa video (joke) to let them know how excited you are to work for the X Corporation.