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# Recommendation letters

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05 Nov 2013, 12:13
Hello friends!
I am applying to HBS, Stanford, and MIT. Please, your help with this doubt related to my recommenders:
Currently, I am working at the family business because my family needed some help in the company. In this sense, I don't know whether my father (my current boss) should write a recommendation letter : s . I don't think the adcom could view that letter as objective. After all, he is my father!

Before this job, I worked in the government and in a bank with excelent results. So, I am thinking to ask a letter of recomendation to my boss in the bank. However, a friend who knows the business school world told me that it would be better the letter of my father because it is a more recent experience than my experience in the bank (7 years ago).
What do you think?
I believe that the letter of my boss in the bank would be better despite the fact that it is not a recent experience. I think they could view the letter as more objective than one written by my father.

PS. I couldn't ask a client a letter because we work with hundreds of clients with whom we don't have a constant contact.

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Concentration: General Management, Nonprofit
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05 Nov 2013, 16:38
Give the admissions a quick email and get their official line.

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13 Nov 2013, 04:22
danzig wrote:
Hello friends!
I am applying to HBS, Stanford, and MIT. Please, your help with this doubt related to my recommenders:
Currently, I am working at the family business because my family needed some help in the company. In this sense, I don't know whether my father (my current boss) should write a recommendation letter : s . I don't think the adcom could view that letter as objective. After all, he is my father!

Before this job, I worked in the government and in a bank with excelent results. So, I am thinking to ask a letter of recomendation to my boss in the bank. However, a friend who knows the business school world told me that it would be better the letter of my father because it is a more recent experience than my experience in the bank (7 years ago).
What do you think?
I believe that the letter of my boss in the bank would be better despite the fact that it is not a recent experience. I think they could view the letter as more objective than one written by my father.

PS. I couldn't ask a client a letter because we work with hundreds of clients with whom we don't have a constant contact.

Hey dude,
I'm not so sure that a recommendation letter from your dad would be entirely unhelpful. I mean what would your father write that they could properly evaluate???? He's your father. Sooooo far better is to get two recommendations from previous employers, and explain in an essay that you did not provide a recommendation from your current employer because your boss is your dad. They will understand.
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