1. Introduction to Ask Someone to Be a Reference

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If you apply to school, or for a job or internship, you may be asked to include a list of references.

A reference is a person who can describe your qualifications and character.

An advisor such as your teacher, employer, or coach can be a reference for you.

They know your unique skills and strengths, and can confirm that you are a qualified applicant.

Your reference may provide information about you in several different ways.

They might speak with an employer over the phone or write an email about your skills and experience.

Or, your reference might write you a letter of recommendation.

In this lesson, you will ask someone to be a reference for you.

You will use digital tools to organize information about possible references and communicate with them.

Writing a polished and professional email is an effective way to connect with someone and ask them to be your reference.

This lesson uses Google Docs, but you could apply these skills and concepts in any word processing application, or even on a piece of paper.

As you complete this project, you will: Create a table in a document, List the names of possible references, And write an email to ask someone to be your reference.

To work on this lesson, sign in to your Google account. Open a new tab in your browser, and navigate to Google dot com. If you are not signed in, do so now.

If you do not have a Google account, pause the video and create one now.

To begin, open your Google Drive, create a new Google document and rename it.

Then, move on to the next video to create a table in your document.

Now, it’s your turn: Sign in to your Google account, And open and name a new Google document.


  1. Sign in to your Google account.
  2. Open and name a new Google document.