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Letter of rec: asked for outline of what I want said

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Letter of rec: asked for outline of what I want said [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2013, 07:50
Greetings all,

I work for an approx. 20-30 person media firm where the CEO is heavily involved with the day-to-day operations. I recently asked him if he would be willing to write a letter of recommendation and he agreed to.

However, he asked me for an outline or list of what I'd like the letter of rec to include. I can see potential benefits and negatives to this.

Is there a general list of traits and characteristics I should be looking for him to discuss? Things like work ethic, personality, etc? I'll admit that I have zero experience with this as this is my first time applying to grad schools so I'm a little lost.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Re: Letter of rec: asked for outline of what I want said [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2013, 08:57
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Greetings all,

I work for an approx. 20-30 person media firm where the CEO is heavily involved with the day-to-day operations. I recently asked him if he would be willing to write a letter of recommendation and he agreed to.

However, he asked me for an outline or list of what I'd like the letter of rec to include. I can see potential benefits and negatives to this.

Is there a general list of traits and characteristics I should be looking for him to discuss? Things like work ethic, personality, etc? I'll admit that I have zero experience with this as this is my first time applying to grad schools so I'm a little lost.

Any advice would be appreciated.


Here is a great resource (with a list of traits and characteristics): letters-of-recommendation-the-guide-143172.html
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Re: Letter of rec: asked for outline of what I want said [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2013, 14:49
Study USA and Fulbright UK website provide some good advice.

I also think one of the MBA consultants produce something. Think it is MBA admissions.

Proberly a good thing he asked. It means he wants to think about what to write and what you need.

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Re: Letter of rec: asked for outline of what I want said [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2013, 07:51
Also give him a quick reminder of the projects that you worked on and or specific examples of the traits that you provided. The less you can have him think about the work that you did, the easier the letter of recommendation will be.
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Re: Letter of rec: asked for outline of what I want said [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2013, 22:43
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Greetings all,

I work for an approx. 20-30 person media firm where the CEO is heavily involved with the day-to-day operations. I recently asked him if he would be willing to write a letter of recommendation and he agreed to.

However, he asked me for an outline or list of what I'd like the letter of rec to include. I can see potential benefits and negatives to this.

Is there a general list of traits and characteristics I should be looking for him to discuss? Things like work ethic, personality, etc? I'll admit that I have zero experience with this as this is my first time applying to grad schools so I'm a little lost.

Any advice would be appreciated.


Instead of giving him a general list of desirable traits, I would recommend that you share a list of traits very specific to your profile. In your application (SOP or essays), you would have focused on certain personal and professional traits? Share those with your recommender and let him know that these are the key messages you want to convey through your application. For example, if 'initiative' is a trait you want to highlight, your recommender could possibly cite an example of a situation in which you demonstrated initiative.

However, do make sure that the recommendation letter and your application do not talk about the exact same things - that would come across as a 'rigged' application! :)

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Re: Letter of rec: asked for outline of what I want said [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2013, 04:34
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Also give him a quick reminder of the projects that you worked on and or specific examples of the traits that you provided. The less you can have him think about the work that you did, the easier the letter of recommendation will be.


I agree with this. SPECIFIC projects with SPECIFIC results, and only the best of the best.

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