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New post 17 May 2006, 00:15

I am trying to figure out where my recommendations should come from.

I have been working very closely with my boss who's a VP of the company (with MBA). He's been my direct boss for the past 3.5-4 years. No doubt that he needs to be one source of my recommendations.

Second one gets kind of tricky. With my current company I have been with about 2.5 years, I have been actively involved with many office functions. Organizing activities as a chair person of Advisory Committee (somewhat close to social committee), fundraising for various causes, participating student mentoring programs, and also acting as a recruiting ambassador... Doing these I have been working very closely with the HR manager of the firm. She probably can provide different perspectives than what my boss will provide. So I am thinking she can be a good source of the recommendation letters.

But these two people are both from my current work place. Could it be a problem (or could it work against me somehow??)

What about the schools, which require 3 letters?

One person I can think of is someone whom I am working closely with in the Joint Venture (partnered with a German company)... he's a LBS grad, who's managing the process and procedure of this mega project that I am working on now. Also working very closely with him. The second person is someone from where I volunteer as a financial development committee member. I have been doing volunteer work there about 1.5 years now. If I go with the first person, that means three from my current company (but from different working-relationships). I actually don’t know having recommendations from the same location (but from different people with very different background) matters in any ways. I would love to hear what you have to say on this matter. Thanks.

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New post 18 May 2006, 19:12
I think your firts two candidates (your boss and HR manager) are perfect. Don't worry that they're both from your company. As long as they can write about different aspects of your profile (i.e., they won't write the same reco with the same examples), that will be fine. Schools want recos from people who know you best, and if they happen to be from the same company, so be it.

For the 3rd recommender, once again you should think about who knows you best and can write a reco that will complement the first two recos. All things being perfectly equal (which is neer the case!), I'd pick the person whom you know outside of work. But most of all, go with the person who knows you best.



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