- Greet your former supervisor and wish him or her well.
- Thank them for referring you for your job application. Advise them that you received the job offer. Give them updates on when you will start with your new job, or on how you are performing in your new job.
- Conclude the letter by thanking your supervisor again. You may also extend this gratitude to the work experience, skills and knowledge you gained by working with your previous company or department.
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Dear [Recipients Name],
Good day! I hope that you are doing well.
I would just like to thank you for referring me to XYZ company. I am happy to say that I was offered the job of the full-time graphic designer. I will begin working with them next week.
I have learned so much about design and management by working in your department. I will be sure to use these lessons in my future ventures. Again, I am very grateful.
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Thank you letter for a job referral. Sample letter.
Further things to consider when writing referral letters to acquaintances
Referral letters are letters written to recommend someone for a job, review, consultation, or further action. Such letters are common in job application and can really help you stand out from the rest of the applicants and get noticed by potential employers. Hiring managers are more likely to look closely at applicants whom they share a mutual contact with. A referral can be a personal or business connection. He/she can be a friend, colleague, or an employee of the company in which you are interested. A good referral letter can help you secure an interview or job recommendation.
When writing referral letters, you need to know the people you are recommending well enough to bring the best of their skills, achievements, and character. State why the recipient should be interested in the candidate and how the candidate stands out. List the candidate's exceptional skills and qualities especially those that are specific to the position he/she is interested in, giving relevant examples. Write only complimentary but factual observations and avoid giving biased or insincere praise. Emphasize the key points that you want the recipient to note on the candidate's application. Close the letter with a positive call to action.
Letters to Acquaintances
Letters to acquaintances are letters you write to people that you know slightly, but who are not close friends. An acquaintance could be a colleague at work but whom you do not interact with on a regular basis, a person you went to school with but know little about him/her, or your Facebook contacts whom you interact with on a minor level. You could write a letter to this person to ask for a favor, invite him/her to a social event, or just pass some information. Although most people would opt for a social media message or text, a well-drafted letter will make the recipient see the seriousness of the matter and feel obliged to return the favor.
The best letters to acquaintances are warm, sweet, and friendly. Begin the letter with a proper salutation, based on your relationship with the recipient. State the purpose of the letter and be clear about what you want from the recipient. If you are asking him/her to do something for you, for instance, mention why you think he/she is the best person to get it done. Make the letter short and only provide the necessary details. Conclude on a positive note.