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Questions about LORs(Rotman, Schulich, Ivey, Sauder, McGill)

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Questions about LORs(Rotman, Schulich, Ivey, Sauder, McGill) [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2012, 07:01
The questions concern the general process of automated LORs but since I'm applying to the above mentioned, I thought might as well mention them in the title. Feedback from current students would be very helpful, but as I said this concerns the general process.

-First, lets talk about the email addresses. Do the emails HAVE to be official company addresses (generated through MSOutlook) or can my recommenders use their private addresses (gmail/hotmail)? I haven't told the company I'm leaving, even though both my managers know. They suggested I should put in their private addresses and not their official ones. The company I work for has a very strict email monitoring policy. Can we do that and does that, in any way, reflect badly on the recommendations?

-What is the process exactly? Will my managers be sent a form to fill out and email back or will they access some portal and enter the information there? If it is a form, do they print it out and fill it by hand or can they fill it up using Adobe or Paint or something?

- As an international student, should I warn my bosses that they might be contacted by phone or email for a follow-up? One of my managers is not very good (POOR) with spoken English, I'm wondering if that can also damage my recommendation?

Hoping for some solid feedback. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Questions about LORs(Rotman, Schulich, Ivey, Sauder, McGill) [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2012, 07:43
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The questions concern the general process of automated LORs but since I'm applying to the above mentioned, I thought might as well mention them in the title. Feedback from current students would be very helpful, but as I said this concerns the general process.

-First, lets talk about the email addresses. Do the emails HAVE to be official company addresses (generated through MSOutlook) or can my recommenders use their private addresses (gmail/hotmail)? I haven't told the company I'm leaving, even though both my managers know. They suggested I should put in their private addresses and not their official ones. The company I work for has a very strict email monitoring policy. Can we do that and does that, in any way, reflect badly on the recommendations?

-What is the process exactly? Will my managers be sent a form to fill out and email back or will they access some portal and enter the information there? If it is a form, do they print it out and fill it by hand or can they fill it up using Adobe or Paint or something?

- As an international student, should I warn my bosses that they might be contacted by phone or email for a follow-up? One of my managers is not very good (POOR) with spoken English, I'm wondering if that can also damage my recommendation?

Hoping for some solid feedback. Thanks in advance.


Hello,

First - You can speak to the admissions director and can explain him about your limitation. Every school mostly has the soft copy of the reco format. I am sure school will not mind if your referees can send the hard copy of reco in a sealed envelope. (for ivey and mcgilll, i am sure they have this option)

Second - most schools have either option - soft copy/e-mail/hard copy. Check with individual school and refer my point no 1

Third - I have yet not heard of any story till date where school contacted the referees, but what even if schools want. Even if the schools approach the referee, i am sure schools are not gonna tally word to word. They might ask a few open ended question. Don't worry about rest.

Hope this helps !!
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Re: Questions about LORs(Rotman, Schulich, Ivey, Sauder, McGill) [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2012, 08:04
Kudos Oasis!

thanks, and your right I should contact my schools and ask them.

Still, if anyone has more feedback, please post!

(p.s. Oasis, I'm sending you email address by pm, just in case you want to use to communicate - 'bout the essays)
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Re: Questions about LORs(Rotman, Schulich, Ivey, Sauder, McGill) [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2012, 08:43
echelon99 wrote:
The questions concern the general process of automated LORs but since I'm applying to the above mentioned, I thought might as well mention them in the title. Feedback from current students would be very helpful, but as I said this concerns the general process.

-First, lets talk about the email addresses. Do the emails HAVE to be official company addresses (generated through MSOutlook) or can my recommenders use their private addresses (gmail/hotmail)? I haven't told the company I'm leaving, even though both my managers know. They suggested I should put in their private addresses and not their official ones. The company I work for has a very strict email monitoring policy. Can we do that and does that, in any way, reflect badly on the recommendations?

-What is the process exactly? Will my managers be sent a form to fill out and email back or will they access some portal and enter the information there? If it is a form, do they print it out and fill it by hand or can they fill it up using Adobe or Paint or something?

- As an international student, should I warn my bosses that they might be contacted by phone or email for a follow-up? One of my managers is not very good (POOR) with spoken English, I'm wondering if that can also damage my recommendation?

Hoping for some solid feedback. Thanks in advance.


Personally, I submitted my supervisor's official email addresses to give it a more official look but I don't think it matters. All they got was a link to the school admission site and they fill in the information there. All the information from the application is located centrally and electronically. I don't think the schools wants to deal with random hard copies coming in dribs and brabs so avoid that if you can. It's easier on both side if things are done electronically.

I don't think you have to worry too much about your manager's poor English skills. None of the schools I had applied to contacted my supervisors and even if they did, I'm certain that they understand that not all recommender speaks English well.
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Re: Questions about LORs(Rotman, Schulich, Ivey, Sauder, McGill) [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2012, 08:49
thanks for the info deadly cat. btw did you get in touch with any current students from schulich during your admission process?

the mba-ambassadors there are notorious. i've been looking for someone to talk to for months. Lan Yu from admissions is nice enough, but I only got one email for mba-ambassador Johanna, and no more after that.

wanted to get a student's POV on the CDC. there has been some not so good news surrounding it, so wanted to get more info.
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Re: Questions about LORs(Rotman, Schulich, Ivey, Sauder, McGill) [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2012, 09:23
echelon99 wrote:
thanks for the info deadly cat. btw did you get in touch with any current students from schulich during your admission process?

the mba-ambassadors there are notorious. i've been looking for someone to talk to for months. Lan Yu from admissions is nice enough, but I only got one email for mba-ambassador Johanna, and no more after that.

wanted to get a student's POV on the CDC. there has been some not so good news surrounding it, so wanted to get more info.


I knew quite a few Rotman and Schulich mba grads so I didn't bother getting in touch with any current students. Funny enough Johanna was the one who called me and congratulate me after I accepted the Schulich's admittance. She's very nice, but I think she's also very busy.

Regarding the Career Development Center (CDC), my experience has largely been positive. Although I should mention that I'm a part time students so that my priority and needs might be a bit different than the full timers.
Re: Questions about LORs(Rotman, Schulich, Ivey, Sauder, McGill)   [#permalink] 06 Nov 2012, 09:23
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