How To Ask For A Letter of Recommendation: An Email Template

Posted November 21, 2016, by Vivien Luu

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.

Subject line:

Letter of Recommendation for [your name]


Hi Andrea,

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!


[Your name]

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Vivien Luu
Vivien Luu

Viv is a writer who enjoys researching and writing about creativity, how the human mind works, and neuro processes. She values creativity above all else and admires people who pursue their career dreams, no matter the sacrifice. In her spare time, she binges on HBO shows and epic fantasy novels.

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