Thank Someone For Writing a Reference or Recommendation For You • Letter Templates and Guide

Guide

1Share the results of your job search, particularly if the recommendation paid off.
2Express appreciation for his or her assistance. If you are not certain whether or not the recipient actually wrote a letter of recommendation, do not refer directly to a letter.
3If you would like to, offer some kindness in return, but take care not to embarrass the recipient.

Tips

Always thank a person who permitted you to use his or her name or who wrote a letter of reference. Your letter not only shows your appreciation, but also opens the door for you to ask for assistance again in the future, should you need it.

Example Letter #1

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I would like to express my deep gratitude that you have written a letter of recommendation to support my application for graduate school. As you know, my interest in pursuing advanced studies derives in large part from my experiences under your supervision. I was very fortunate to have learned from you in the past, and I now am honored that you have chosen to support my plans. Your knowledge of my growth and experiences, and your insights into my talents and potentials, not to mention your reputation in the field of (Name of Discipline), will surely increase my chances for acceptance. Again, I am deeply grateful.

Example Letter #2

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I am excited to announce my new position! I have every reason to believe your excellent recommendation sealed the deal. Thank you for taking time out of your busy work-week to write the letter.

If there is any way I can return the kindness, please do not hesitate to ask me. In the meantime, I hope you will let me take you to lunch.

Example Letter #3

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I wanted you to be among the first to know that I got the position at Doe Corporation. Although I interviewed with a number of firms and several offered me positions, Doe was always my first choice. I start work on the first of next month.

I am sure that your letter helped me to get the job, and I want to thank you for it. Thanks again for your kindness!

Example Letter #4

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I am still searching for a job, but I am confident that when the right one comes along, your excellent letter of reference will help me to secure it. If I can ever return the favor, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Example Letter #5

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I have landed the job with Doe's! I want to tell you how grateful I am for your assistance in this process. Without your kind words, I doubt I would have made it through Doe's front gate. I hope you will come and join us at a little celebration dinner next week.

Example Letter #6

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I want to thank you for taking the time to write a letter of recommendation for me. I really appreciate the thought and effort you put into this letter. Your words made a profound impact on the hiring manager and helped me to stand out from the other applicants.

I have reaped many benefits in this application process, and I truly believe that your letter played a significant role in helping me to achieve all that I have gained. If I can offer any assistance to you in the near future, please do not hesitate to contact me. Once again, thank you for writing this letter in my behalf.

Write Your Letter Step-by-Step

1

Share the results of your job search, particularly if the recommendation paid off.

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2

Express appreciation for his or her assistance. If you are not certain whether or not the recipient actually wrote a letter of recommendation, do not refer directly to a letter.

Example Sentences

Example Phrases