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Letter of reference dilemma [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2012, 03:08
Hi Accepted.com,

I am preparing an application for H/S/W and LBS. Am stuck on letters of reference as we are asked to prepare 3. I have the following list to choose from. Pls suggest which ones to pick:

- High School Economics teacher: will write me a brilliant one and will get her to incorporate my ECA involvement in school too
- London School of Economics Professor: I had negligible interaction with her. If I ask for one, the head of the Economics department will flip through my scores and write me one. But am cent percent sure she does not even remember my face
- Investment Banking supervisor: I spent 1 yr as an Analyst here. It has been 2 years since i quit. Did lots of work then but not sure if the supervisor will be able to remember everything
- A general manager that I employed for my restaurant business: He has been closely associated with me for 2 years now but has worked for me rather than the other way round.

I am finding it difficult to think of anyone else. I guess the problem is arising because of my early leap into entrepreneurship. I have had interactions with numerous vendors, suppliers, buyers, customers, etc but none to the extent that they will be able to write 1000 words on me. Moreover, even if i find one, they will not be able to write one in English.

Out of the 4 above, I am thinking of going with just 2: High school econ teacher and Investment banking supervisor. I am thinking of explaining my situation in the additional info section.

What do you think?
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Re: Letter of reference dilemma [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2012, 20:16
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Hi Accepted.com,

I am preparing an application for H/S/W and LBS. Am stuck on letters of reference as we are asked to prepare 3. I have the following list to choose from. Pls suggest which ones to pick:

- High School Economics teacher: will write me a brilliant one and will get her to incorporate my ECA involvement in school too
- London School of Economics Professor: I had negligible interaction with her. If I ask for one, the head of the Economics department will flip through my scores and write me one. But am cent percent sure she does not even remember my face
- Investment Banking supervisor: I spent 1 yr as an Analyst here. It has been 2 years since i quit. Did lots of work then but not sure if the supervisor will be able to remember everything
- A general manager that I employed for my restaurant business: He has been closely associated with me for 2 years now but has worked for me rather than the other way round.

I am finding it difficult to think of anyone else. I guess the problem is arising because of my early leap into entrepreneurship. I have had interactions with numerous vendors, suppliers, buyers, customers, etc but none to the extent that they will be able to write 1000 words on me. Moreover, even if i find one, they will not be able to write one in English.

Out of the 4 above, I am thinking of going with just 2: High school econ teacher and Investment banking supervisor. I am thinking of explaining my situation in the additional info section.

What do you think?


Shkusira,

I agree with your choices out of the 4 above.

Regarding the others, don't let lack of English be a barrier. If you believe a customer, buyer, etc would write you an informed, enthusiastic letter but only in their native language have them write it and then ask a certified translator to translate it. Double check with your programs that this is acceptable, but in most cases it will be so.

You might be interested in "The President Wrote my Letter of Recommendation.".

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Re: Letter of reference dilemma [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2012, 00:23
Thank you Linda. For Stanford I am going with the following:

- I-bank supervisor
- GM at my restaurant: has worked very closely with me and will be able to comment on my work as a company leader
- A friend with whom i co-founded an intercollegiate weekly newspaper

Now, for Harvard, will the same 3 set do considering they do not ask specifically for a peer reference? If not, I will go with the high school teacher.
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Re: Letter of reference dilemma [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2012, 22:45
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Thank you Linda. For Stanford I am going with the following:

- I-bank supervisor
- GM at my restaurant: has worked very closely with me and will be able to comment on my work as a company leader
- A friend with whom i co-founded an intercollegiate weekly newspaper

Now, for Harvard, will the same 3 set do considering they do not ask specifically for a peer reference? If not, I will go with the high school teacher.


Go with the three that can comment most enthusiastically about your leadership skill.
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