CV of referee in Letter of Recommendation

You must provide CV about your referee in Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Application

Recently I’ve got a message with a question about the Letter of Recommendation which is not too frequent. It was about a CV of the referee in Letter of Recommendation. That is why I decided to pay more attention to it in my Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa blog. Hence, today we will speak about the CV of a person who will sign your Letter of Recommendation

Question: “I have a question regarding recommendation letters. Should I get a recommendation letter from my seniors via email where they send me a self-signed scanned copy of the letter attached as a pdf document without company letterhead paper or is there any other better way to get this done? Also, if attaching CV’s of the recommenders is a must, can I use their LinkedIn CV’s for this purpose?”

PDFs are completely fine for CV of referee in Letter of Recommendation

One of the most convenient methods of sending you a signed Letter of Recommendation is via email. Hence, PDF made out of the scanned copy of a signed letter is a completely appropriate document. Preferably, this document has to be scanned in colour (and printed by you in colour too). Hence, this is the way is highly welcome.

Letter of Recommendation has to be on headed paper

This is a rule of thumb. Yes, there are some exceptions from this rule but it is not a usual practice to send letters on plain A4. You must do your best to get the Letter of Recommendation on headed paper, with as many credentials of the company and referee as possible.

Also, try to get a signature on the Letter of Recommendation. The real or electronic one.

The life truth is simple. You are investing in your future even via preparation of the package of the documents.

So if you will not bring all your efforts to this process, you can get an unexpectedly bad result.

 A CV of your referee is must-have for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application

How does a CV of a person who signs Letter of Recommendation looks like? In brief, this is a one-page document. Yes, it can be longer. But this is not good. This document provides brief information and key facts about the person who recommends you as a future recipient of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (or Exceptional Promise Visa).

You can use any available trusted resource – LinkedIn, Company’s website or even a book or booklet to make this CV by yourself. This advice works for a case when it is not provided by your referee and you cannot ask about this favour directly.

If you have to do this work by yourself, I would like to mention the key facts that you must put in the CV of the referee. Without them, your referee can be disturbed by Endorsement panel to complete the profile or in the worst case – the Letter of Recommendation may be completely rejected and it will lead to non-Endorsement.

What to Include into the CV of referee in Letter of Recommendation?

The main areas to cover in the CV of the referee for Letter of Recommendation are:

  • Education, including a year of finish, degree (Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D., etc.), area of study and title of the educational institution;
  • Work experience with a focus on the latest place of work and the most relevant for your speciality. If you have space, then act creatively. You can provide one sentence of the description of the company or institution. Just to give a general feeling of what business this entity is doing.
  • Extra-curriculum activities, which is related to your expertise and proof the high level of expertise of the signer.
  • Contact details (mobile phone, work phone, email, link to full bio or LinkedIn, etc.)
Please, be ready to draft by yourself a CV of the person who will sign your Letter of Recommendation for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa using LinkedIn or company's website
Please, be ready to draft by yourself a CV of the person who will sign your Letter of Recommendation for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa using LinkedIn or company’s website

However, I must clarify one more time. You should not break the limit of one page so the whole CV must fit one A4 page. You can use two-sided printing and it will help you to include more useful information about the person who will recommend you. But it is better not to exceed the limit.

Support in Your Unique Situation

I understand that our lives are different. As a result, we can have completely unique circumstances. In particular, related to the referee and his or her CV. If you have any questions about your unusual situation – let me know, I will be glad to share my knowledge with you. Perhaps, together we can brainstorm how to solve any problem of your Global Talent Visa application :).

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4 thoughts on “CV of referee in Letter of Recommendation

  1. Please how old can the letter of recommendation be to deemed not acceptable? I’ve had mine since 2018 and still working on other requirements hence the delay. Would that date be too old?

    Also, will electronic signature of the referee be acceptable?

    Tech Nation now accept uploading and submission of the documents electronically, can I just send the copy received from my referees like that or I need to print out first and rescan back to show it was a printed document?

    1. Hi Temi,
      Thank you for your question.
      As usual, documents which are not older then 1 year, can be accepted. So Letter of Recommendation has to be signed in this timeframe. The older letters can be added as Supporting Documents, if your signees will be different. But if your referees will be the same, you must only re-sign the updated letters and should not show the older documents at all.
      Electronic signature is not recommended in any of the Guidelines (neither Tech Nation, nor Home Office). Hence, you must do your best to get a scanned copy of a Letter of Recommendation.
      Mainly, applicants get their letters in .pdf sent to their emails from signers. In my own case I got the same – my referee sent me a scanned color copy and I attached this pdf document to my Tech Nation Visa application.
      I hope this was helpful to you.

      Andrii Seleznov

  2. Hi Andrii,

    Thanks so much for all your help. Qn, the current guidance says:

    The letters should be written on an officially headed document (wherever possible), be dated and include:
    – details of the author’s credentials (for example, a CV/resume). Tech Nation reserves the right to refuse your application or request more information, which could significantly delay your application, if evidence is not provided that the author is a credible referee

    Letters of recommendation must be written specifically for this purpose by the referee and include all of the information detailed above (and be of no more than two A4 sides in length). General purpose reference letters, or confirmation letters (such as being accepted onto an accelerator) are not acceptable. Letters from individuals within service-based organisations (i.e. consultants, agencies, outsourcers, service/process delivery) are generally not considered appropriate.

    So I’m not sure if the CV/bio _and_ letter combined has to be under two A4 sides?


    1. Nicole, thanks for the question.

      Actually, you have a limit of three pages so it will be great if you (and your referee) will fit it.
      More information is just not required and will have unnecessary details.

      Andrii Seleznov

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