How to ask someone to be a reference
- First, be sure to give them enough time to respond before you apply or interview.
- Then, briefly recap how you know each other.
- Next, form your question in a way that lets them say no if they need to.
- Then, describe the job you are applying for.
- Next, send your resume to each reference.
How do you ask a previous employer for a reference?
To secure a good reference from a former employer, make your request before you provide her name and contact information to the new company.
- Call or email your former supervisor to request the reference at least two to three days before you provide her name.
- Ask if she is willing to give an employment reference for you.
How do you ask for a reference by email?
Here’s an example email for how to update your references:
- Subject line: Reference request – update. Dear [Reference’s name], Thank you again for being a reference for me.
- Subject line: Reference request – thank you! Dear [Reference’s name],
- Subject line: Reference request. Dear [Potential reference’s name],
How do you follow up on a reference request?
To follow up, send a polite email asking about the status of the letter. You may also politely remind the writer about the upcoming due date. If you don’t hear back from the writer within two or three days, call or visit him or her personally.