When applying for a job, one has to give reference letter to the company they have applied for it. Mostly the reference letters are expected from the previous employers. The writer gives a general assessment of the character and capabilities of the person who they refer.
It is better not to use the reference of a person unless he/she has given a permission to do so. It is better be known earlier as to what the person is going to write about you. So, it will be better to ask references from those people, with whom there is a good rapport.
Previous bosses, ex-collegues, co-workers, vendors and customers are a good choice to ask for references. Every time a person changes jobs, it will be better to ask for a reference letter from the previous boss. (This will hold good for freelancers too, every time, they complete an assignment, if they take up a reference letter from the previous employer, it will help them to grow more in their field).
It is always better to request for a reference letter.
While writing such a letter the points to be noted are:
1. Requesting for a reference
2. Explaining why the reference is required
3. Provide the period when both are acquainted
Dear Mr./Ms./Mrs. ABC
Good day. I have been associated with your XYZ company for a period of 3 years starting from..... till..... I left my employment for higher studies. Now that I am in the process of seeking employment, I am writing to ask whether it would be possible for you to provide a reference for me. A positive reference from you would help me enhance my prospects.
If you can attest my qualifications or the employment and the skills that I acquired during my tenure in your company, I shall be highly thankful to you.
If more information is needed with regard to my experience and my qualifications for you to give me a reference, I am glad to give that. I can be reached at *****@1234.com or 1234567890(my mobile number).
Thanking you in advance for your consideration.