Ask a former employer for a referral letter


  1. Use a formal greeting, state your name and your previous position when you were still with the employer.
  2. State your request and your reason for this application.
  3. Briefly describe your credentials. Mention that you have attached your resume or CV for further reference.
  4. Humbly reiterate your request and state how the referral would be of great help to you.
  5. End formally.


[Senders Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Letter Date]

[Recipients Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-

Dear [Recipients Name],

Warm greetings! I am Robert Wright, a freelance photographer. I have previously worked with you in your wedding series last year, substituting for Paul Lopez, who was then on leave.

I am applying for a permanent position of a photographer in a wedding magazine, and I hope to request a referral from you.

Although my stint with your institution was only my second time to do weddings, I have worked on several photography projects including prenuptial shoots and fashion covers.

I have attached my resume as well as a link to my online portfolio for your reference. I hope you would do me the favor of referring me to this job as it would allow me opportunities to further my craft.


[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -