If you’ve never needed to request an employment verification letter or you’ve never had to write one for an employee, chances are you’re not very familiar with what an employment verification letter is and when they’re needed. And that makes sense; these letters — which provide proof of employment — are certainly not the most common type of professional letter. Even if you’ve read up on how to format a business letter, you may still feel like you need to see a sample employment verification letter or an employment verification letter template before you’re comfortable writing or requesting one.
What is an employment verification letter?
First, you may want to get a better sense of when your verification of employment — or, if you’re an employer, proof of employment for an employee at your company — might be needed. An employee may need to request a letter providing verification of employment for a number of reasons. When you’re in the process of buying and/or renting a home, you will most likely be asked for a letter that includes the company name for your current employment, your job title, and your annual salary or income for income verification. Oftentimes landlords or financial institutions will request a proof of employment letter verifying your current salary and current employment so that they have proof that you are earning enough income to be able to pay your rent or maintenance each month.
When you’re applying to a new job, a potential employer may also want to have proof of employment from your previous employers. Companies often do background checks on prospective employees to confirm that job applicants are being truthful about their employment history (where and when they worked where, their job tite, etc. — though if this is the purpose of the letter, it may be illegal for the potential employer to ask for your salary history). Employment verification letters can be requested from a current employer or a past employer.
If you ever need to ask for an employment verification letter because you have an employment verification request from a prospective employer or for an application to buy or rent a home, you may need to ask your boss or manager (or former boss or manager), who may direct you to a human resource employee if your company has a human resource department.
While this kind of letter serves a very specific purpose, it’s really not so different from a recommendation letter or reference letter; in fact, it’s even a bit more simple because the writer is not expected to comment on the subject’s character or skills — they’re merely supposed to provide details about the employee’s current salary and job title.
The below sample employment verification letter will provide you with a good sense of how these letters tend to be written (and, like in any business letter, don’t forget that a good letter closing is key!)
Letter writer’s name
Letter writer’s title
Letter writer’s company’s name
Letter writer’s address/phone number/email address
Date letter is written
Recipient’s company name
Recipient’s address (or company address)
Dear Ms. Rosen: (use a formal greeting or salutation unless you have a personal, close relationship with the person to whom you're writing. Be sure to include a colon rather than a comma after the recipient’s name.)
I am writing to verify that Lucy Smith has been employed by Company Name since January 15, 2010. [If it’s a former employee, “I am writing to verify that Lucy Smith was employed by Company Name from January 15, 2010 through May 12, 2013”).
She earns an annual salary of $65,000. [If it’s a former employee, “She earned an annual salary of $65,000.”]
If you need any additional information about Lucy’s employment at Company Name, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or XXX-XXX-XXXX.
(Leave an extra blank space here so you can add a handwritten signature)
Letter writer’s name (typed)
Letter writer’s title
Letter writer’s company name
As you’ll see, the above employment verification letter template is short and sweet — and that’s how it should be. These letters are not meant to be overflowing with flowery language; rather, they should be concise and, of course, carefully proofread for errors.
Employment verification form
You won’t always be responsible for getting an employment verification letter yourself; sometimes, the person who wants or needs it will make the request themselves with an employment verification form. If you’re ever in a position where you’re hiring someone or considering a prospective tenant’s application to rent a home, you may need to obtain an employment verification form.
Here is a sample employment verification form:
To: [Employer’s name]
From: [Name of whomever is requesting the verification - in this case, a landlord]
[Address of landlord]
Re: [Applicant’s name & social security number]
I hereby authorize the release of my employment information to [landlord’s name].
The individual named above is completing an application to rent one of our homes. The information you provide will be used for those purposes only. Thank you in advance for your prompt reply.
This section to be completed by employer:
Name of Employee/Applicant: ______________________________________________________
Job Title: ______________________________________________________
Presently Employed: ___ Yes ___ No Date First Employed: ____
Last Day of Employment (if applicable) _____
Current wages/salary: Hourly*: ____ Weekly: _____ Monthly: _____ Yearly: ____
*If hourly, please list the average number of regular hours per week: ____
Year-to-date earnings: _______ from: ___/___/___ through ___/___/___
Please list any anticipated changes in the employee’s salary or wages within the next year:
Additional comments or remarks: ___________________________________________
________________ _________________ ______
Employer’s Signature Employer’s Printed Name Date
Employer’s Job Title / Company Name
Employer’s Contact info
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