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Deciding between recommenders? [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2008, 14:20
My first recommender will be a direct supervisor I have worked under for two years. The problem is that this is the only company I have worked for since college. My two options for my other recommender would be a professer from college who acted as my academic advisor (as well as a coach for the club sport I played in college in which I held a leadership position) or my supervisor for an eight week summer internship between my junior and senior year at college. The professer has a phd in leadership studies and would write a glowing rec. I believe that the supervisor from my internship position would also write a good rec, but I feel that he could not offer the amount of insight into my leadership/academic skills that the professer could offer.
Most schools state that the recommendations should be "professional" in nature or from someone that has known me "professionally" so I am not sure if that would rule out someone who knows me from my academic background. I realize that neither of these recommenders falls under the ideal catagory, but I think it has to be one of those two. Any thoughts or opinions are welcome.
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Re: Deciding between recommenders? [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2008, 14:48
If you are a recent college grad, I think it is okay to use a direct supervisor and an old college professor.

I am 23 and my 3 recs are:
1) direct supervisor at work
2) professor from school
3) peer at my startup

If your professors worked with you on a variety of projects or knows you very well then I think his or her rec would suit you better than a rec from a supervisor during a two month internship. At the end of the day, the person who will put in the most time/thought into your rec should be your best bet.
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Re: Deciding between recommenders? [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2008, 15:02
foodstamp wrote:
If you are a recent college grad, I think it is okay to use a direct supervisor and an old college professor.

I am 23 and my 3 recs are:
1) direct supervisor at work
2) professor from school
3) peer at my startup

If your professors worked with you on a variety of projects or knows you very well then I think his or her rec would suit you better than a rec from a supervisor during a two month internship. At the end of the day, the person who will put in the most time/thought into your rec should be your best bet.


Agreed. From my conversation with adCom's and alums, I heard over and over how too many people just try to name-drop for this (especially with random alumni that got their masters from the university in something besides an MBA) and don't use people that are actually familiar with their background and can speak to it. The recommendation forms don't in any way ask your recommender what their experience is or where they went to school, just their relationship to you, the applicant.

The 'direct supervisor' rec will take care of all the basics (are you responsible, are you considerate etc etc). Use the 2nd one for someone who knows 'your story' and can give the committee an idea of who you are as a person.
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