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Reference letter templates

Ideally, references should be obtained prior to the commencement of work. Not doing so, or indeed not taking up any references at all, may well lead to problems later on, particularly if the references or employee's work prove unsatisfactory. 

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It is essential for some types of work that references are obtained prior to any job applicant commencing work. This is particularly the case in, though is not confined to, the care industry.

This job reference template bundle is in downloadable Microsoft Word format and contains the following templates:

  • Letter asking for a reference 
  • Reference form 
  • Letter giving a reference.

Note: Due to the complex nature of employment legislation, please only use these templates as a guide. Without the Forum’s legal protection insurance and prior discussion with the member helpline, any action you take based on this document may be invalid.


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