Sometimes you may need a reference letter from your colleagues, bosses, professors or any others whom you worked closely or they know about you. You need to make it easy for them to give you reference letter. Follow the steps below.
Give reason why you are asking for their reference.
When you ask for a letter of reference, explain up front why it is that you value that person’s opinion and respect their professional expertise enough so that you chose them to recommend you in your next professional endeavor.
Provide a draft.
Since you really know what you are looking for in a reference letter it is a good idea to draft a reference letter or highlights of what you want and provide it to your referrer. People have to spend time to write a good reference letter and since you already provided a draft it becomes easy for them to use your draft to quickly write a reference for you.
Be ready for a ‘NO’
For some reasons the reviewer don’t want to write a reference, then look for other alternatives. The reviewer might have some valid reasons to decline to write a letter for you. May be he/she does not agree with your draft or may be he/she don’t know enough about you to write a letter for you. You should make sure that you are asking for a letter from those who worked closely with you and they have some idea of what professional expertise you have. Never expect a complete stranger you just got introduced to you to write a reference letter about your skills.
IF somebody writes a review make sure you thank them well. If possible try your best to see how you can be of help to them.