Resume References: Letters to Ask Permission Worksheet

Job Search Writing: Job-Related Letters

Practice with this Resume References Worksheet to get a better feel for how to write permission request letters before creating a list of references. By completing 10 exercises, you gain some experience in writing this type of letter to improve your job search writing.
Resume References: Letters to Ask Permission

Instructions

Follow the instructions below for each exercise to write a sample permission request letter to prospective resume references.

  • Make a list of potential resume references that are most appropriate for a job you either are applying for or would apply for if given the chance. List three potential references.
    Reference #1:
    Reference #2:
    Reference #3:

  • For each potential reference, make a brief list of the capacity in which you knew each reference.
    Reference #1:
    Reference #2:
    Reference #3:

  • Choose one of the references to whom you can work on writing a permission letter. Choose the person you feel is your strongest reference, and explain your choice.

  • Make a list of the points you wish to cover in a permission letter to the person you identified in exercise #3.

  • From your list, make an outline for what to include in each of three paragraphs of a permission letter.

  • Write the first paragraph of the permission request to the reference you identified in exercise #3.

  • Write the second paragraph of the permission request to the reference you identified in exercise #3.

  • Write the third paragraph of the permission request to the reference you identified in exercise #3.

  • Would you include any attachments with the letter? Explain your answer.

  • What would you do if after sending the permission request if the reference either wished not to serve as a reference for you or indicated that the reference may not be 100 percent favorable? Explain your answer.