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Recommendation request letter sample, reference request letter

Updated on July 12, 2011

 For some people approaching a professor, former lecturer or an employer to agree to write a recommendation letter can be daunting. But it doesn't have to be. Below is a sample letter that you can send to the person who you want to recommend you. This sample recommendation request letter can be modified so that it is suitable for what you need.

Be clear about what you want your referee to do and if they have to send the letter direct to your prospective employer make sure you provide the address. In this example, a student is asking for a reference letter from his professor. You could call your professor first and warn them about the request and say that you will write to provide further details and the address.

It’s better to provide the details in writing than over the phone. People have the habit of forgetting things. If you write it down, you create a record for the other person to refer to when they are ready to act on it.

Click here to find out more about writing recommendation request letters. More job-related letter samples here


Dr Lenon Karl
261 Ju Road
First Class Degree University

Dear Dr Karl,

Following our discussion on the phone yesterday, I am writing to request that you write a recommendation letter for me. I would really appreciate it if you could do this for me since you know the quality of my academic work and my potential for working in the disaster management field.

As my professor and tutor for all the core courses on the disaster management degree course over the last 3 years, I believe that you are in the best position to assess my ability and potential for working in this field. I am asking for a recommendation because I am in the processing of applying for a job with the British Red Cross.

Please send your letter to Fiona Rees, Recruitment Coordinator, The British Red Cross New York Office, NY. They have put a deadline of June 15 and would really appreciate it if you could send the letter before that date.

Thank you for your help. Please let me know if you need any further information. I can be reached by phone at 000 000 000 or by email at 000 @

Yours sincerely,


Noel Roman

Recommendation request letter sample, reference request letter
Recommendation request letter sample, reference request letter


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      Efsanebaba 4 years ago

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