Resume References: How to Write Thank You Letters Worksheet

Job Search Writing: Job-Related Letters

Practice with this Resume References: How to Write Thank You Letters Worksheet to improve your job search writing skills for this type of correspondence. By completing 10 exercises, you work on your letter-writing skills and knowing what to say in different situations.
Resume References: How to Write Thank You Letters

Instructions

Follow the instructions in each of the below exercises that ask questions and present scenarios from which you can base writing thank you letters to resume references.

  • When is the best time to send a thank you letter to a resume reference? Explain your answer.

  • Pretend you have just received a job offer after completing an interview and having your references checked. What main points would you address in a thank you letter to someone who served as a reference? List at least three things.

  • Pretend you have interviewed once for a position, but you have not yet heard whether you got the job. What main points would you address in a thank you letter to someone who served as a reference? List at least three things.

  • Pretend you were not offered a job for a position for which you interviewed. What main points would you address in a thank you letter to someone who served as a reference? List at least three things.

  • Choose one of the scenarios from exercises #2, #3 and #4. Write the first paragraph of a thank you letter to a resume reference.

  • Using the scenario you selected in the previous exercise, write the second paragraph of a thank you letter to a resume reference.

  • Using the scenario you selected in the previous exercise, write the third paragraph of a thank you letter to a resume reference.

  • Do you think sending a personal, handwritten note or an email is more effective for thanking your resume references. Explain your answer.

  • If one of your references, despite implying that they would give you a positive reference, gave you a poor reference, and the reference resulted in you not receiving the position, would you still write a thank you letter? Explain your answer.

  • Using the scenario in the previous exercise, what would you say to the person? Write one paragraph of a thank you letter that expresses your appreciation and addresses the poor reference you received politely.