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Sample Email Message Asking for a Reference

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Sample email message asking someone to provide a reference for employment.

Email Message Sample Asking for a Reference

Subject Line: Reference Request - Janet Dickinson

Dear Mr. Jameson,

I am writing to ask if you could provide a reference for me?

If you were able to attest to my qualifications for employment, and the skills I attained while I was employed at ABD Company, I would sincerely appreciate it.

I am in the process of seeking a new position and a positive reference from you would enhance my job search prospects.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is any information I can provide regarding my experience to assist you in giving me a reference. I can be reached at jdickinson@gmail.com or (111) 111-1234.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Jane Dickinson

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