/ Asked by Emily
What's the best way to ask an employer for a referral?
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on Monday, June 11, 2018
It's important to first make sure your current employer is aware that you are searching for a new position. This should not come as a surprise if you are approaching graduation. I would say to them that you are starting to apply for various positions, and there have been a couple that really excite you, but they are asking for a referral. Then ask your manager if they would feel comfortable providing you with one. Most people will be happy to do this if you've been a good worker, shown a strong work ethic, have been on time to work, etc. I would just say the key here is making your employer aware that you've started looking for a new position. 
Answered by Carrie, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, August 9, 2018
Great question! I agree with Ashlyn, it's important that your current employer knows you are looking for new opportunities so they aren't surprised when you ask them for a referral. If you are still in college, or working as an intern, they should understand why you are asking for a referral. Once you have established this, you can simply ask them if they are comfortable writing you a reference letter. More than likely they will be happy to do this for you! Good luck!
Answered by Kristin, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Monday, February 18, 2019
This is a great question.  Some organizations have a process around how and when it is okay to provide a referral or a reference.  I would start with your boss.  Draft a letter that includes some of the feedback that has already been provided to you.  Share with your boss the type of position you are looking to go after and share the draft letter understanding that your boss can make any changes he/she wishes to make and go from there.  There are some companies that will require HR approval but you will learn that as you go through the process.  Either way, make sure your boss knows that you take feedback seriously and you appreciate the time they have spent developing you.  Best of luck in your job search.
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