General purpose reference request letter (EH005)

Employers should make all job offers conditional on satisfactory references. As part of this process, employers can use this document to request a reference from the applicant's previous employers. The finished document comprises a cover letter and a list of key questions about the employee's job, such as their timekeeping and attendance record. You should supply a telephone number and stamped addressed envelope to encourage a prompt response to your request and you should always seek the applicant's consent before you request a reference from their current employer.

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