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Recommendation Dilemma [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2010, 15:12
I'm rapidly approaching the target deadline for my chosen program and I'm having a problem sourcing a supervisor recommendation. The short version is this:

*I really like my job. An MBA would be a dream/challenge, but accepting an offer will be very dependent on my finances.
*I have a hard-to-replace specialist skill and my boss has told me so. Today he indicated to me that I was underpaid and in line for a raise/promotion in the summer.
*I'm pretty sure I could get a good recommendation, but I'm reluctant to ask. It would be from a group manager who is in the promotion-approval-chain. Since the next job grade is reasonably competitive (only so many positions a year) I could hurt my chances by revealing that I may leave within the year.

Compound that with:
* My previous line manager from another team has recently switched to my current team and is now under my supervision, ie: conflict of interest.
* For various reasons there are no other ranking/supervisor candidates whom I trust enough to ask or who know me well enough to recommend me.

I've asked for one recommendation from a manager in my old department. I need one more recommendation and it looks like I'm down to this choice:

1) Ask current management to go for the best possible application, but risk putting my advancement in jeopardy. (I don't think it would put my job in jeopardy.)

2) Get another peer recommendation. Write an optional essay explaining the situation. Count on a supplemental family-alumni letter, a recent job performance award, and interviews to balance the lack of proper supervisor recommendation.

Any suggestions? I'd appreciate any help or advice.
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Re: Recommendation Concerns [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2010, 15:32
monkeypunch wrote:
I'm rapidly approaching the target deadline for my chosen program and I'm having a problem sourcing a supervisor recommendation. The short version is this:

*I really like my job. And MBA would be a dream/challenge, but accepting an offer will be very dependent on my finances.
*I have a hard-to-replace specialist skill and my boss has told me so. Today he indicated to me that I was underpaid and in line for a raise/promotion in the summer.
*I'm pretty sure I could get a good recommendation, but I'm reluctant to ask. It would be from a group manager who is in the promotion-approval-chain. Since the next job grade is reasonably competitive (only so many positions a year) I could hurt my chances by revealing that I may leave within the year.

Compound that with:
* My previous line manager from another team has recently switched to my current team and is now under my supervision, ie: conflict of interest.
* For various reasons there are no other ranking/supervisor candidates whom I trust enough to ask or who know me well enough to recommend me.

I've asked for one recommendation from a friend in a somewhat senior position in my old department -- he was my peer when I was there but is now in management. I need one more recommendation and it looks like I'm down to this choice:

1) Ask current management and risk putting my advancement in jeopardy. (I don't think it would put my job in jeopardy.)

2) Get another peer recommendation. Write an optional essay explaining the situation. Count on a supplemental family-alumni letter, a recent job performance award, and interviews to balance the lack of proper supervisor recommendation.

Any suggestions? I'd appreciate any help or advice.


I would go with Option 2.
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Re: Recommendation Dilemma [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2010, 00:17
Contrary to the popular belief, I believe Recos carry significant weight( I may be wrong here).

If I were you, I would go with option 1. It actually depends on the kind of relation you have with your boss. Many bosses appreicate honesty. But there are some who will hold your decision to pursue MBA against you.

If you are sure that your boss belongs to the latter category, I would still take a reco from him by saying something like 'the program I'm applying to is very competitive -- there is a chance that I might not get in' or 'it is a part-time program' etc, which doesn't affect your reco and the promotion
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