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asking for recommendation after receiving promotion [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2013, 17:33
So I'm in a bit of a bind. I am applying this fall and would like to ask my current supervisor for a recommendation. However, I was promoted two months ago and it came with a significant pay increase. I would like to let my supervisor know by the end of next week. Is it still appropriate to ask for a recommendation after such short notice? I plan on staying with the company for about a year (assuming I'm accepted), so it's not like I'll be leaving right away, but it still feels awkward. Another question is how much weight do schools give recommendations from current supervisors as opposed to past supervisors?
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Re: asking for recommendation after receiving promotion [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2013, 01:13
Hi doggdetroit,

To answer your last question first, recommendations from current supervisors certainly hold more weight than previous ones (especially if your previous supervisors knew you 4-5 years back and are not in touch with you otherwise - which means they are not aware of your progress or potential NOW). However, this is only if your current supervisor has known you and worked with you closely for a considerable period of time (2-3 years at least). If your current supervisor is not at all aware of your performance before the said two months, then he will surely not have much to talk about you. Take letters from people who have known you for a good duration, in the relatively recent past (2-3 years preferably again), and can talk of such strengths and achievements that would add value to your MBA application and be relevant to your future as well.

As for whether it is advisable to take it from your current supervisor in your present situation, a lot would depend on the kind of rapport you share with him and your understanding of how your request might impact your future prospects. If you decide against this person and can provide a strong reason for it, you might even get the opportunity to explain this in one of your additional essays.

Hope this helps!

Best of luck for admissions!

Sinchita Ganguly
Admissions Advisor
Manya - The Princeton Review

Re: asking for recommendation after receiving promotion   [#permalink] 26 Jul 2013, 01:13
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