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# Who qualifies as a professional recommender?

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12 Aug 2012, 18:08
I've been reading the forum for a while but haven't posted any questions so far, so here goes my first one:

Most schools require 2 or 3 recommendations, of which 2 are supposed to be professional recommendations. Schools also ask that one of these recommendations be from a current supervisor.

Unfortunately, I would prefer not to ask my current supervisor as this could jeopardize my current job and future prospects with my current employer. Additionally, I can really only think of one person within my company (my previous supervisor for whom I worked for 3 years prior to my current assignment, which I started 9 months ago) whom I can ask for a recommendation discretely.

My question is regarding the second professional recommendation. Does professional mean it has to come from someone at the workplace? I haven't worked for any other company since graduation, and am not in a role where I deal with external clients.

I had a leadership role in a professional organization outside of work, and could easily get a strong recommendation from one of the board members. I was involved with the organization for over two years, and held the leadership role in the last year.

So, should I bite the bullet and ask my current supervisor, or ask the other recommender from my extracurricular work?

Thanks!

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12 Aug 2012, 22:49
If you feel a recommendation from your current supervisor could harm you instead of helping you, please do not ask him/her for recommendation. However, you may explain this situation in your 'optional essay' or 'additional information' section. In your case, your best bet is to ask 'one of the board members' of the ' professional organization' you have been working for two years.

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