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2nd recommender choice [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2009, 20:53
I have a good rec from my direct supervisor, and now for the second rec I have a choice between:
1) another supervisor whom I barely worked with
2) coworker who worked with me extensively in a team setting
I've only had one job so I don't have previous bosses to ask for recs.

The problem with 1) is that it won't add much content, and the problem with 2) is that it's--from what I've heard a couple people say--not 'professional' and it's going to be frowned upon by adcoms.

what do you guys think??
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Re: 2nd recommender choice [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2009, 21:40
are you a recent grad? if so, do you have a professor or someone from your university who can write one for you? i was 2 years out, and i actually used 2 professors from my undergrad for LORs (one was a professor i had, and one was a professor i worked for).

if you can't do this (or if you're too far removed from undergrad), then i would say do the other supervisor. normally you'd want the person who knows you best to write your LORs. However, you also don't want a peer writing your LOR. it should generally be someone who is your superior (either a direct supervisor or indirect supervisor). there may be exceptions, but a coworker/teammate is not a good idea IMO.
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Re: 2nd recommender choice [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2009, 21:54
I am a recent grad and thought of getting a prof to write a rec for me. However, I looked at the recommendation questions and don't think they'll be able to answer the questions since there were no team projects in my classes and I didn't work with the professors closely so they didn't get to know me well.

I have done some tutoring and admissions counseling over the years, but not through a company (I found my students through referrals)... do you think one of these "clients" could be a possibility?
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Re: 2nd recommender choice [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2009, 05:31
If you are a recent grad, didn't you do any internships while in school? If so, why not reach out to one of the supervisors that you worked directly during one of these internships. I would probably use that rather than getting one from a supervisor that you don't have much working relationship with.
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Re: 2nd recommender choice [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2009, 08:48
I would be wary to have one of your peers write you a LOR, especially since you are a recent grad. I would agree with nink and try to get one from a past internship. What about your extraccurriculars? Could you ask a supervisor or someone who you worked closely with there? I would say your best option would be #1 from the two, but I would definitely sit down with the supervisor and clearly state your goals and admission points so he/she can articulate that in the LOR.
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