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Recommendation Letters - Risk of not using current employer?

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Recommendation Letters - Risk of not using current employer? [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2008, 13:06
I am applying to b-school this fall for 2009, focusing primarily on top 10 schools. My question is regarding letters of recommnedation. I worked 2 years at a large company and did really well. My former director is now a VP and will give me a glowing recommendation. I've been at my current job at a smaller company for 9 months. I know my manager would write a great recommendation, however I also think that once word got out I was leaving to go back to school that there is a high probability they would fire me (happened a few years ago to someone else) since they are not doing well financially.

From looking at all of the applications from top schools, it looks like most schools STRONGLY recommend and even require one recommendation to be from your current employer. How much would it hurt not having a recommendation from my current employer? I could ask my manager to not say anything but that's still quite a risk as he may want to begin looking for my replacement now and if they find someone they would want to replace me sooner rather than later. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Recommendation Letters - Risk of not using current employer? [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2008, 23:31
In general schools understand this issue and you can provide the recommendation from another person with explanation of your choice in optional essay.
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Re: Recommendation Letters - Risk of not using current employer? [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2008, 05:01
FWIW, I didn't use my current employer (changed jobs in Jan 2007 to my current one) and was accepted to Chicago GSB. AS RED said, as long as you have a short but concise explanation you should be okay.
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Re: Recommendation Letters - Risk of not using current employer? [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2008, 18:12
Would it cause any concern if I said that the reason why I'm not using a current employer is becasue the company is unstable and I fear that they would do something drastic if they found out I was leaving for b-school?
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Re: Recommendation Letters - Risk of not using current employer? [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2008, 18:21
Its fairly common for this to take place. Schools dont want to cost you your job or a bonus. Just be honest with your concerns, dont bad mouth the company or your bosses, but make sure that you do explain why you arent using them.
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Re: Recommendation Letters - Risk of not using current employer?   [#permalink] 28 Apr 2008, 18:21
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