Sample Cover Letter for Request for Reference

Sample Cover Letter for Request for Reference

Do you know how to write a cover letter to your referees asking for a reference? If no? Then this blog post is for you. When you are asking for reference letters. You need to write a professional cover letter to impress them. Remember, It’s a reference letter not a warning message. If you are not asking politely or in a professional manner, then they will deny to write anything for you.

If you are interested in exchange programs, it’s likely you’ll need a reference letter or letters. You need to submit three or as asked reference letters in the selection criteria to support your applications. Every program requires reference letters because referees make your application credible. I am sharing an email to show how I sent “Email Requesting a Reference.”

When I was applying I wrote the following email to my teacher and professional referees.

Respectable [Teacher] or [Professional Connection]

Hope you are doing well! I am applying for Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) under the umbrella of United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP). This program is designed to support Pakistani young professionals at accredited U.S. community colleges for one year of non-degree study. Now, I need three Reference Letters in support of my application. Would you please download the blank Reference Letter, fill accordingly and send to USEFP directly?

I am also providing USEFP contact below, you can contact them if you need more information regarding filling the form:

United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP)
P.O Box 1128, Islamabad
Phone: (+9251) 8431300
Fax: (+9251) 8431555

I will be very thankful to you for this act of kindness.

Kindest Regards,
Qasim Khilji

This cover letter was very simple. I not only received their reference letters on time but also received guidance about my application.

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Qasim is an accounting and auditing professional in Pakistan, where he graduated from University of Peshawar with a degree in Commerce, majoring in Accounting. Qasim came to Arizona at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State in their Community College Initiative Program. This program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by Northern Virginia Community College as a member of the Community College Consortium. Qasim has more than four years experience in the social sector, specifically, working in donor-funded projects with various international organizations and UN agencies like the World Food Program, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and National Education Foundation of Pakistan, among others. He independently began operations of a small business incubator. Qasim's dream is to become a social entrepreneur and serve his country internationally and domestically.


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