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Which recommendation would carry more weight?

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Which recommendation would carry more weight? [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2012, 08:47
I'd like to get everyone's opinion on a dilemma I have. The problem concerns the choice of recommendations. The first one will be written by my hiring / immediate supervisor.

Since graduation, I have worked in a highly technical field where I was trusted as the lead R&D engineer in several very high profile projects. There are lot's of opportunities for leadership in that role: coordination between efforts of different departments, training of all new staffing, organizing an engineering team and overseeing their efforts (without being their manager), etc.

During the period of time, I started a LLC focusing on alternative investment. This company started as sitting in front of a computer looking at data with coworkers, evolved into periodical meetings with agendas and presentations, and finally I drew some of the talents from within the company to work for me part time. It currently has a small amount of seed capital.

So I have 2 choices for recommend-ers, both of them I know quite well.

1) Project manager for my day job.
2) Partner for my company.

I have a very weak profile in other aspects (very weak ugrad GPA), so I need to make the best possible choice with the rest of my app package.
Joined: 20 May 2012
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Re: Which recommendation would carry more weight? [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2012, 20:13
my opinion is to stick with the prof recommender. the peer recommender might be a nice tangential reco, but there's no replacement for a well-written, high energy, and enthusiastic reco directly from a manager. if you feel, however, that such a reco will not be possible with your current manager, for whatever reason, than perhaps your partner reco is a nice substitute, as long as the content of her/his reco is STELLAR. you're coming off the beaten path by finding a non-manager reco, so it really needs to shine and standout. otherwise, it will appear as though you weren't able to obtain a more trad'l reco. i always say a good reco won't get you in, but a bad one will keep you out.

hope that's helpful,
Former Kellogg adcom member, offering a new approach to MBA Admissions Consulting.

Re: Which recommendation would carry more weight?   [#permalink] 20 Aug 2012, 20:13
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