When people agree to write you a reference/recommendation letter, remember that they are going to make a great effort of helping you stand out from your competitors. It is just right to show them how much you appreciate the time they have allotted in making a reference/recommendation for you. Short and simple thank-you letters will help in letting them know that their efforts are a big part of helping you achieve your goal.

References and recommendations are used for a wide variety of application purposes. To help you come up with an appropriate thank-you letter for the person or the people who wrote you reference/recommendation letters, make sure to keep reading this article.

Reference and Thank You Note Guide and Samples

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This guide will give you sample thank-you letters and an overview how to properly send thank-you letters.

Asking for References Guidelines

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Requesting for someone to give you a reference is just as important as thanking them for writing you the letter. You have to know how to ask for a good reference in order to receive a good one.

Saying “Thank You”

A heartfelt and wholehearted expression of gratitude and an assurance that all efforts will not go to waste are important to be mentioned in a thank-you letter. In sending your letter of thanks, you can use whatever medium of communication you desire—paper, cards, and even email. It is all up to you. What’s important is you express just how grateful you are for doing you a favor. It does not have to be lengthy. Keeping it brief and straight to the point is already enough.

If in any way you are unsure about what to write in your thank-you letter, you can definitely look at thank-you letter samples to use as a reference. Thank-you letter examples will give you a good idea about what you need to say when it comes to these letters.

Great Thank-You Note Sample

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You want your thank-you letters to be top notch in format and content. This document will give you a seven-step guide to writing great thank-you letters, as well as a few thank-you letter samples to make the seven steps more concrete.

Different References and Recommendations to Say “Thank You” To

As we have mentioned, thank-you letters will vary for different circumstances of applications. Your thank-you letter will also serve as a reminder that the letters written have helped you one way or another during your application. Some situations where you may need to thank people who wrote you a recommendation/reference letter are as follows:

  • Once you have been chosen to become a part of a company’s workforce, a job thank-you letter is necessary to be given to each of the people who wrote you a reference/recommendation letter. You can briefly say that you are thankful that he/she has helped with your success in getting a job.
  • There are times when instead of writing a reference/recommendation letter, you will be asked to list down people who will give a reference through the phone. Phone reference thank-you letters should be given to the people who bravely answered their phones just to give you a good review.
  • There are times when employers might take a long time to reply to your employment application. You can let your referees know what’s going on with your application by sending them a status update reference thank-you letter. 
  • Getting into a good college is never easy. For these situations, recommendation letters matter a lot. A college recommendation thank-you letter is also important to be given to your teachers or employer who has given a few moments of their busy lives to write a recommendation letter for you.

 

It is also up to you if you want your letter to be a casual thank-you letter, or a formal thank-you letter. It all depends on your relationship with the person.

Example Thank You Letter To A Job Referee

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This is a good sample thank-you letter you can send via email. As you can see in this document, the letter is short but gives out all the necessary information that the referee needs to know.

Letter Writing Guide

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This document will give you a guide on how to write certain letters plus some samples and even thank-you letter templates.

Now, you will never run out of ways to say “Thank you” to the people who have helped you achieve your career and education goals. A simple thank-you can brighten anyone’s day. So start sending your thank-you letters now to your referees and add little more sunshine to their day!

 

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