/ 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!
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