References and Thank You Letters


  1. Include references on a separate sheet of paper, not on the resume.
  2. Always get permission from the reference before using them.
  3. Send references a thank you note for being a reference.
  4. Getting the Best College References 
  5. Your Reference List Is a Marketing Tool 
  6. Be Sure to Ask First (Asking for References)

Thank You Letters

The following example of a thank you letter for an interview comes from Susan Ireland Thank You Letters.

Dear Dr. ZYX,

I am writing to express my appreciation for the time you invested in meeting with me on February 2, 2001, to discuss your opening for a Director of Analytical Development.

Your concise explanation of the position and the way in which it will support the current key project brought to mind my in-depth experience on a similar project in Dr. Charles Darwin's lab at Clonability Company, where I was an intern.

While touring your lab, we discussed the rapid rate of development of Separation instrumentation. For your reference, I am enclosing the business card of one of the best application engineers my lab deals with. She has been incredibly helpful in providing input and feedback on our current use of instrumentation, as well as previews of those in development.

I would welcome the opportunity to join your highly enthusiastic team. I look forward to hearing from you regarding the possibility of an invitation for a final interview.



Dear Dr. CBA,

Thank you very much for spending time with me on March 3, 2001 to tell me about the opportunity you have in your cheminformatics department.

During our meeting, we discussed the recent advances in specific new techniques of cheminformatics. I am taking the liberty of enclosing a copy of a pertinent publication I mentioned with which you were not familiar.

Given both of our busy lab schedules, I will be glad to contact you, as suggested, during the last week of this month to determine whether we will continue our discussions of your needs and my abilities.