The Letters of Recommendation

The adult version of asking your high school guidance counselor for support with your undergraduate applications, letters of recommendations for MBA programs can get very awkward.

 

In my case, I could NOT ask my current employer for a letter of recommendation, in fact, my current employer learned of admission 2 months after I received word. 
 

 

I ended up asking my most recent supervisor and a professional mentor for the requisite 2 letters of recommendation and a former colleague for my Consortium mission letter.
 

 

DO NOT WRITE THE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FOR YOUR RECOMMENDER. Even if they ask, don't do it.

Give them the most detailed list of bullet points you can, outlining your career to date and goals- perhaps even use full sentences, but do not write their letter. Tone is a tricky thing and for as skilled as you think you are at changing the tone of your writing, I doubt you can fool admissions as well as you think you can. Do not risk it. Do NOT write your recommenders letter, no matter how much they plead. If they can't do it, then find someone else!
 

 

On my applications, I made sure to note in the optional essay (since schools will wonder why your current direct supervisors did not write your letter) that my current employer is unaware of my application and I do not want to jeopardize future employment and promotion opportunities in the event I am not granted admission. Straightforward and clear.
 

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