Early in the process and reading into everything for applying for round 1 2014 - what do the schools do with the recommendations that you get? Do they call these people or just read what they write on the application?
Looking for some advice as well on who to choose. I know one of my recommenders from a previous job but for my second recommender it is a bit tough - I have been working at this place for 18 months and had the same boss for the first 15. I worked with a senior consultant at my firm who then went on mat leave (In Canada they get a year off). As soon as she came back they restructured the org because we had doubled in size and I now report to her. She got to see me in my infancy stages at the consulting firms and talks about the difference in me one year ago to me today in such a positive light but I worry that there may not be enough time with me reporting directly to her. My previous manager is at a higher level and would probably give me a good recommendation but I do worry a bit about whether 1) she has the time to fill out all the recommendation forms and if there are calls associated and 2) if I will be able to influence her to write the recommendation I see would position me best for acceptance. Any advice on who to choose would be appreciated!
I haven't heard of them calling recommenders so I don't think it's that common if they do.
With who to pick, if I understand your situation correctly, you were working for a woman a year ago who then went on maternity leave and is now your boss again. You think she would be a good pick but are worried you haven't been reporting directly to her long enough? You say round 1 2014 is when you will apply, whether you mean this fall or next fall, I think that's plenty of time working with her. Even if it's this fall, that's 7 more months of work, that's plenty. Go with the person who you think will give you the best recommendation, plus the schools want you to have one from you current manager and ask you to explain if one of the recommenders is not your current manager.