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Who should I get recommendations from? [#permalink]
04 May 2007, 07:02
I work for a consulting firm, where I have had several project managers, but an administrative manager that acts as my overall boss and helps with my career growth.
My administrative manager quit a month ago, but before she did she said she'd be happy to write me a rec when I apply to school this fall. She is the most familiar with all the projects I have worked on and wrote my last two assessments. Now, I have a new administrative manager that's also great (I've known him since I started here and recommended him as my new boss).
I also have a project manager for a long term project (>1 year) that I spend the majority of my time on. She's the most in tune with MBA apps, since she was considering getting an MBA last year. Her project highlights many soft skills (teamwork, communications) over the technical analysis skills most of my other projects highlight.
Of the three which two should I get a rec from? My current administrative manager will have been my supervisor for 5 months when he writes my rec, and the one who quit was my supervisor for almost 2 years. I could get recs from those two, but they have served the same role in my career. Right now I am leaning towards getting my current project and administrative managers to write my recs.
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Actually, I don't know. I think I'd prefer the varied approach (2 people in different positions rather than 2 people from the same position). But at the same time, your current manager should recommend you (else you will have to explain why not, etc.).
I'd go with the project manager and the long-term supervisor. I agree with L that two people in the same role is less compelling. Also, the long-term supervisor is more likely to know you better.
However, I would say that all three sound completely appropriate. You can actually pick based on your own perception of who tells the better story, who is more likely to spend time on it, etc. It sounds like the roles are less important than the actual letter they write.
While most schools want a current supervisor, the former supervisor is very recent, so it's probably not a problem. I had my current supervisor do two of my schools, but not all 4. (Mostly because I wanted to spread the work out and because she had less to say about my quant skills than my CFO.) So I just said that she hadn't been my boss for very long but that I had worked closely with the CFO for 4 years. That was good enough.
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