Asking for a letter of recommendation doesn’t have to be an awkward situation where you feel like you’re sucking up and begging at the same time. Let’s face it: if you’re looking for a new job or putting together an application to head back to uni, you’ve got better things to worry about. Here’s the pain-free way to ask for a letter of recommendation.
Letter of Recommendation for [your name]
Hope all is well and things are great over at [company name]! I noticed [insert something personal or professional depending on your relationship with the person e.g. you were shortlisted for X awards – nice one!/you just got back from New Zealand – that trek looked insane!]
It’s an exciting time on my end. I’m currently in the process of applying for a new job/heading back to uni. As you were my supervisor/manager for X years, I was wondering whether you’d be willing to write me a letter of recommendation.
I know you’re quite busy, so I’m more than happy to write up a draft that you can edit if it makes life easier for you =)
I’m hoping to submit my application by [date], so if you could let me know as soon as possible that’d be great!