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Letters of recommendation [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2013, 05:31
The guideline from Chicago Booth regarding second letter of recommendation:

"The second letter can be professional in nature or from an organization, club, or volunteer project with which you are associated. These letters can give us a different perspective of your skill-sets outside of your professional environment. There is no preference on who supplies your second letter of recommendation; our only guideline is that it should add new and valuable insights to your application".

What do you guys make of this? Although the prompt does not necessarily say so, but does the Adcom prefer the second letter from someone outside of professional environment? I mean even a professional colleague could sprinkle a few instances of my work outside of the professional setting.

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Re: Letters of recommendation [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2013, 06:10
Not necessarily. Both my recommendations are professional and I got an interview. I think the admissions genuinely don't care.

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Re: Letters of recommendation [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2013, 17:11
I submitted two professional recommendations and interviewed as well. I would think about what fits your personal situation, and who would write the strongest, most thoughtful recommendation.
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Re: Letters of recommendation [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2013, 21:30
CityLights wrote:
I would think about what fits your personal situation, and who would write the strongest, most thoughtful recommendation.


This is spot on. Think of the application as one cohesive story. Which areas are well-addressed by the rest of your application? Which need a boost? I used my 2nd rec to highlight some educational opportunities I'd pursued after undergraduate, because my academic record was less than amazing. If you need to highlight being a rockstar at work or your extracurricular pursuits, choose accordingly.
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Re: Letters of recommendation [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2013, 11:53
How long would you recommend the letters be? Thanks
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