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recommendation letter question [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2008, 11:54
If I apply for a B-school, do I need a recommendation letter which was distinctively written for that purpose (i.e. mentions things like "i would really recommend Mr.X for an MBA) or would a letter of recommendation from a former employer, which I received when I left the company, work as well?

I have a very positive letter of recommendation from my former employer, which I left about two years ago.

What do you think?

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Re: recommendation letter question [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2008, 11:59
Perhaps you could get the employer to modify it, specifically targeting an MBA this time? Assuming you still have a strong relationship with him/her after two years...
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Re: recommendation letter question [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2008, 14:48
You will need to get them to redo it...sorry to say schools typically require stuff to be submitted online and also have checklists placing you in the top 5%, top 25%, 50%, bottom 10% etc...
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Re: recommendation letter question [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2008, 10:25
Additionally, a primer on the schools you are apply for, along with a bit about what you're hoping to do would be helpful to those writing the reco's as well.

There are a few templates floating around out there.
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Re: recommendation letter question [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 10:36
Guys, actually is it a good idea to take a recommendation from my former supervisor at a company which I left two years ago? I am sure that I will get a great recommendation, but I worry that this reference might be too old already.

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Re: recommendation letter question [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 10:40
I might use it as a secondary reference--- the first from your current direct superior, the second from your old boss (the one you have a good letter from)
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Re: recommendation letter question [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 16:27
In regards to recommendation letters, how important is the title of person writing the recommendation.

Vice President vs Director vs Managing Director... Do Bschools notice the difference?
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Re: recommendation letter question [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 16:30
bigfernhead wrote:
In regards to recommendation letters, how important is the title of person writing the recommendation.

Vice President vs Director vs Managing Director... Do Bschools notice the difference?



I really don't think that schools care about title unless its a glowing reference from an ultra big wig...if its just ho-hum from somebody important they will wonder why you didn't get somebody with a less impressive title who knows you better.
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Re: recommendation letter question [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 16:47
wwww wrote:
Guys, actually is it a good idea to take a recommendation from my former supervisor at a company which I left two years ago? I am sure that I will get a great recommendation, but I worry that this reference might be too old already.

What do you think?


In general, it depends on your particular situation and on the specific school, but I think it's OK. However, I believe that the more recent second recommendation is advised in this case. Or, alternatively, if you continued to deal with your former supervisor in your professional quality, you may ask him to mention it. Also, I agree with others that you may need to adjust this recommendation: each school asks its own specific questions. So I think it will be an additional advantage if your former boss recommends you specifically for the MBA at the given school.
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