What job seekers and employees need to know about references, including information on reference and recommendation letters, sample letters of recommendation and reference lists, how to ask for a reference, and how to use references. There is also information on what reference checkers can ask about you and what previous employers can disclose.
Recommendation Letters and References
Types of Recommendation Letters
There are several types of recommendation letters including recommendation letters for employment, for college or graduate school, and for online networking sites like LinkedIn. Here is information on the types of recommendation letters including employment, academic, personal, character, student and more sample recommendation letters.
Sample References / Letters of Recommendation
Sample reference and recommendation letters, letter samples for character references, a reference letter template, and a letter asking for a reference.
How to Write a Recommendation Letter
How to write a letter of recommendation, including what to include in each section of the letter, how to send it and sample letters of recommendation for employment and academics.
How to Write a Reference
How to write references, including the best way write a references, plus reference letter samples and examples.
Character / Personal References
Concerned about the references your employer might give you? Consider using a character reference (personal reference) in addition to or as an alternative to employment reference letters.
Sample Reference List
A sample list of references to provide to employers upon request for a reference list.
How to request permission to use a reference, create a resume reference list, and submit references to employers.
Who and How to Ask for a Reference / Recommendation Letter
How to request a recommendation letter and who to ask to provide a reference for you.
Reference / Background Check Information
Background Checks and Employment Verification
Background check and employment verification information. What employers need to know, who they check with and what background and employment verification information can be released or is required.
Reference Check Questions
Review these reference check questions so you, and your references, will know what to expect when prospective employees inquire about your background and abilities.