Who should I get to write my recommendation?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Admissions expert David Petersam discusses who you should get to write recommendations.

    Host: Who should I get to write my recommendation?

    David Petersam: The most important thing with selecting the individuals to write your letters or recommendation are -- selecting the people who know you the best and can best attest your skills and abilities. For instance, it's usually much better to get a letter of reference from a current supervisor than a senior executive in the company. Trust me on this. Admissions officers can see right through that letter of reference that comes from a senior executive who barely knows the applicant. It appear superficial and it doesn't do anything to further the applicant's chances. Make sure your recommender knows you well. It's much more important that they know you well than that they have a prestigious title.