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Asking current boss for recommendation [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2013, 20:16
Hi everyone,

So I'm currently deliberating how to approach my current direct boss for a recommendation, and how to break the news that I'll be applying to b-school (and leaving the firm as a result).

My situation is that I wrote my GMAT in 2010, right before I even got my current job. If my boss asks me when I wrote my GMAT, should I lie and tell him I only wrote it recently? Or do you think that'll open up a can of worms in case he asks for some sort of confirmation? (or am I just over thinking this?) I just don't want it to look like I've been planning to do my MBA for 3+ years now, essentially during the entire time that I've been working at this company in my current role, I've been planning my exit strategy with no long-term plans to stay at the company. It would look quite bad on my end I presume. Is there any other way to spin this, or again am I just looking way too deeply into it?
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I think you're over thinking it.

A boss that you would consider to write you a good recommendation would support your education pursuits and not think about the fact that you're leaving the company. I've had many bosses in my 4 yr career and when I bought up the fact that I'm thinking about going to Bschool, he just looked at me confused and asked "why do you want to do that??" My personal opinion is that someone who doesn't think Bschool is a good idea just won't write a good enough recommendation to get you into top school. His/Her lack of enthusiasm will show.

If boss asks you why you took GMAT 3 years ago, just say that's when your mind was still fresh and that while you didn't know you wanted to pursue MBA, just wanted to get the GMAT out of the way while you were still academically inclined.
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Re: Asking current boss for recommendation [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2013, 20:50
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I think you can tell the story well with just a slight tweak. I would make it true (no reason to lie) but i would say that you have thought of the business school for a long time and took the GMAT a while back but you have had a good run, learned a lot, and feel it is a good time to go to business school. It is a combination of opportunities to better yourself, and also remove some of the limitations. I would say that I would love to come back to my company and hopefully to work for the same boss who is now an SVP/SFO/CEO by that time and hopefully I would be more valuable at that point.
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Re: Asking current boss for recommendation   [#permalink] 12 Aug 2013, 20:50
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