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Ok.... need to come up with backup plan for rec... [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 06:15
My previous supervisor seems to be really busy recently and i am not sure he will make it on time although he seemed to be into it... Anyway, is it bad to have a supervisor who i interned for for like 4 months to write me some recs? Dont really have anyone else to write for me from previous jobs...
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Re: Ok.... need to come up with backup plan for rec... [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 06:23
damn that sucks! sounds like you have no other choice. I don't think it will be too bad. Four months isn't a very long time, but if you worked side by side with them they will have plenty to say about you hopefully.
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Re: Ok.... need to come up with backup plan for rec... [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 06:56
jordanhendrix wrote:
damn that sucks! sounds like you have no other choice. I don't think it will be too bad. Four months isn't a very long time, but if you worked side by side with them they will have plenty to say about you hopefully.


plus it was in summer of my senior year too so not sure how that will hold up. if the rec doesnt get anything done this week i prob make a call or two to the other guy.

sidenote, would it be better to say "i know you are busy but can you get these done by XYZ since thats the deadline?"
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Re: Ok.... need to come up with backup plan for rec... [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 07:47
Use your high school teacher as a trump card.
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Re: Ok.... need to come up with backup plan for rec... [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 08:04
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sidenote, would it be better to say "i know you are busy but can you get these done by XYZ since thats the deadline?"


I would definitely address it directly and honestly with your first choice, especially since it's a former supervisor, not your current one. If he's a reasonable person it will probably be the kick in the pants he needed to get it done (esp since he seemed to be into it). If he's not a reasonable person then perhaps its better that you don't use him anyway.
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Re: Ok.... need to come up with backup plan for rec... [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 09:16
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shaselai wrote:
sidenote, would it be better to say "i know you are busy but can you get these done by XYZ since thats the deadline?"


I would definitely address it directly and honestly with your first choice, especially since it's a former supervisor, not your current one. If he's a reasonable person it will probably be the kick in the pants he needed to get it done (esp since he seemed to be into it). If he's not a reasonable person then perhaps its better that you don't use him anyway.



yeah he is reasonable and very very nice. He told me he can do them 1/day if he needed but he recently took vacation so maybe theres a lot of work waiting for him... i think I might send him email with time line so he can get a better perspective...
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Re: Ok.... need to come up with backup plan for rec... [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 10:22
Without knowing your background, my take is -

1) Go for the recommender who knows you best
2) If your first choice manager isn't up to it, go for your current boss irrespective of how well he/she knows you, if he/she is enthusiastic and will give you a good recommendation.
3) Go with a current 'dotted-line manager' another former manager, client, senior colleague from an other department, in that order of options.
4) If nothing else works, maybe you can go to the most qualified recommender who knows/knew you in a professional or academic setting.
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Re: Ok.... need to come up with backup plan for rec... [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 10:53
Thr33 wrote:
Without knowing your background, my take is -

1) Go for the recommender who knows you best
2) If your first choice manager isn't up to it, go for your current boss irrespective of how well he/she knows you, if he/she is enthusiastic and will give you a good recommendation.
3) Go with a current 'dotted-line manager' another former manager, client, senior colleague from an other department, in that order of options.
4) If nothing else works, maybe you can go to the most qualified recommender who knows/knew you in a professional or academic setting.


Well most schools want 2 recs one being current and other being past.

For current I have one who is chugging along maybe 1/wk - she is taking her time on current one because of the essay format instead of usual short answers so I am set on "current rec"

For past rec I have my boss/supervisor who is the problem right now, a tech lead who i didnt get along with (stubborn, spying on me etc.) from my last job. Then finally my summer internship 4 months with someone who is really nice and happens to be friend of the family as well. But that was back in my senior year and only 4 months so i am not sure... i am sure he will do them if needed...

So it comes down to this - should I :
A. wait it out - if my past rec is slow i will push some schools into R2 to accomodate.
B. give him some schools with deadlines - maybe push him forward...
C. use the internship rec as well to speed things up.
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Re: Ok.... need to come up with backup plan for rec...   [#permalink] 20 Sep 2010, 10:53
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