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Having Trouble With Recommendations

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One of my recommenders keeps saying that he will submit my recs, but he still hasn't and I can't get in touch with him. I asked my current direct report for a rec and our group supervisor told him that he is not allowed to write me a recommendation and that nobody else in my group is allowed to write me one either.

I have one recommendation submitted and it's from a college professor. I have some contacts at a previous client who really like me, but I only worked there for 8 weeks and it took 6 months to get a performance evaluation out of them. Should I wait it out with this first contact or should I ask the people from my previous client? Has anyone had success from not having a professional recommendation. I helped out a lot with my dad's small business and could maybe get a recommendation from one of our customers.

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New post 24 Sep 2013, 08:42
Hey - I know how you feel!

It is very common for the recommenders to be late and to have to be reminded multiple times. Usually they come through but it takes a few "do you need any more info" type of emails/reminders do the job. Usually it is BETTER to go with your first choice who has had plenty of time to prep. I would attempt to contact the person one more time and if you don't hear back, you can send a "hey, I did not hear from you for a while. I am really serious about bschool and though I appreciate your effort and help with the recommendation, I will ask someone else. I value our relationship and I hope it has not put a strain on it. No, go screw yourself ahole."

The last part is optional :-)

As an FYI:
Traditionally, college/academic references are not as encouraged due to the fact that business school is about a professional/leadership setting, and professors don't always have enough exposure in a large class to observe that. You are also in a college setting where your responsibilities are limited; consequences are muted, anyway, you get the idea.

You want to get a recommendation from someone who knows you well and can talk about you in a positive light. If they do not know you very well, the recommender needs to be briefed/helped with any of the questions they may not know answers to (some questions are purposefully insightful to see if the recommender knows you well enough).

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