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How to ask the current boss about a letter of recommendation

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How to ask the current boss about a letter of recommendation [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2012, 18:41
Hello everyone,

I want to get some input on how I can ask my current boss for a letter of recommendation. My concern is that it may single me out for termination (not by him but word gets around and someone up the ladder may consider it) if we do EOY (or any) cost cutting. Although, I don't want to deceive anyone, I am considering:

* saying that I need a letter of recommendation for a part-time or EMBA program
* stating this round if for practice and I don't intend to matriculate until '15 and plan to reapply next year

Please let me know your thoughts. Also, is there a third option that I haven't considered?

Thanks!

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Re: How to ask the current boss about a letter of recommendation [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2012, 10:24
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Any input? I am sure that I am not the only person who has been in this situation. BTW, I am very generous with Kudos! Thanks!
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Re: How to ask the current boss about a letter of recommendation [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2013, 22:39
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Any input? I am sure that I am not the only person who has been in this situation. BTW, I am very generous with Kudos! Thanks!


Nope apparently, I am all alone here :D
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Re: How to ask the current boss about a letter of recommendation [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2013, 22:04
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I met with my boss and discussed my goals and then asked him straight up to write me a letter. Not much more to it than that in my case.
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I'm gonna be asking straight up as well. When I was interviewed for the job I said that I plan to do my mba in 2 years. However I did point out that the organisation is so big that if contributions are recognised prior to an mba I would definitely like to join back post an mba at a much much better position. They selected me then n there.
Now gonna tell them that the time has come for me to upgrade.

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Re: How to ask the current boss about a letter of recommendation [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 03:53
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I don't think there is much you can do here but to discuss your future goals.

You need to make that assessment :
whether your boss is sane enough to write a letter for you or will just fire you as soon as he hears 'MBA'
whether he will write good things
whether you are willing to give up the short term gains in your current organization (read: hikes, promotions, increased responsibilities etc.) for the LOR you are asking
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This is a very common situation and a real concern. There are many different ways to handle this matter and some of those that we have used this past year include:
* bypassing your current supervisor and seeking the recommendation from somebody in your organization who does not have direct impact over your employment status and who you can trust will not use your academic goals as gossip (which also means you usually have to explain why you did not choose your supervisor in the application).
* bypassing people your current organization all together and seek recommendations from people you worked outside your company (customers, clients, former co-workers, etc.). Again, you have to explain.
* taking a chance with your current supervisor and asking that he keeps your goals in confidence. It is our experience that if you approach your supervisor correctly, few will use your MBA plans are reasons to terminate your employment.

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