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Sample MBA Recommendation Letter

Sample MBA Recommendation Letter - What would you say are the applicant's key weaknesses or areas for improvement?

Weakness in essays and recommendation letter should not be general statements or synthetic weaknesses. If applicants cannot accept weaknesses pointed out by supervisors, it is unlikely that they would do so in a classroom environment under the supervision of professors and faculty. The value of an MBA depends on learning skills and the maturity to recognize skill deficiency. Without a history of recognizing weaknesses, and working on it, the pitch in the essays will be meaningless.

The most common strength disguised as weaknesses are hard work and eagerness to learn. There are numerous ways to approach it.

One way applicants disguise a strength into weakness is by using a secondary trait.

Example: Impatience (Secondary Trait)

I was the direct supervisor of X from the time he joined <company> in 2012 till 2015. As with any new recruits, X faced a period of dip, learning new skills and worked 12-14 hours a day, while internalizing the vocabulary of the job function as a Technical Associate. Pushing oneself to the point of exhaustion was always a rare experience I had to witness in my team,...

What impress me about AJ are his integrity, his hard-working spirit, his will to challenge himself, his desire to learn, and his motivation to be a leader. Among all of these virtues, I believe his most salient strength is his desire to learn. He is street smart and quick learner.

"Fast learner"

He was assigned to many critical projects where he had to learn new technologies, which he grabbed pretty quickly and delivered a solution that was out of the box and consistent with the client’s requirements. AJ was learning everything and everywhere, from new technologies to interacting with client. Every time he came up with something he could not understand, he would ask either our evangelists or me. I have witnessed his development from a fresher with limited knowledge in technology to a young consultant capable of handling a project by himself.

"Mentorship and Creativity"

Perhaps his strongest abilities are to think creatively and act decisively and correctly. These are skills that cannot be taught and are the principal reasons for AJ's success to-date. Because of this, AJ was often called upon by other colleagues to resolve the most difficult and time sensitive client projects. He has taken initiative in mentoring his junior team members during the course of the tenure. I always wondered how he got the time to manage his projects...

Most MBA Applicants spend so much time on GMAT and Essays that they forget to invest time and effort in one of the most critical aspects of MBA Application – Recommendation letter.

The first step of managing the recommendation letter writing process is selecting the right recommender. You don’t need CEOs or project heads as your recommender. You need someone who is invested in your success. We have often seen top management showing indifference towards a candidate’s plan for an MBA. Don’t ask them for recommendation.

The second step in recommendation letter writing process is managing recommenders. Most of you might have experience leading a small team. How about managing someone who is many years senior to you? They might even be responsible for evaluating your performance. This can be tricky and you should be sensitive towards their work schedule. If you are too lenient, the recommendation letter might not be completed on time.

To manage the recommendation letter writing process, Stacy Blackman has released Recommendation Letters for MBA Applications guide.

Inside the Recommendation Letters for MBA Application guide, you will find:...

Applicants need to think through past experiences to find the stories that best illustrate leadership skills. The most effective examples may not be the first to come to mind.

What kind of experiences will make the best tales of leadership?

  • Think about challenges where the following came into play:
  • Identifying/defining a problem
  • Being open to new information, input, etc.
  • Building consensus with appropriate stakeholders
  • Guiding strong mid-course corrections; overcoming mistakes
  • Building on success
  • Articulating a vision
  • ...

An MBA recommendation Letter for a technical consultant from a business owner/classmate.

Introduction about business

It was during the last week of July 2008, when we started Company X. With Company X, we wanted to bridge the gap between what the customers need and what is available for them on-the-shelf in the apparel retail industry in India. We implement custom design for apparels. Shortage of fund forced us to use information technology to leverage our business.

The Role of the applicant

AJ was a technical consultant with <a multinational company> and he had provided technical solutions to many businesses in banking, mobile and online retail space. He was my classmate . I trusted AJ as a person and as a technical expert in e-commerce. Since we had to set up an online store for our business, I requested him to be our technical advisor. He proved that he was more than a technical expert.


Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)

We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).

Pages: 327


"I have not reviewed many books for MBA Admission consulting companies but doing it now to give all applicants a brief idea on what the book covers. The book includes 31 top MBA programs - almost all the top schools you have heard or considering for your MBA application. Each chapter is categorized by US States where there is at least one top MBA program. So you have California and Massachusetts with the most number of MBA programs and several states with one top program (Washington, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, and Maryland) and other states with two to three MBA programs. The book focuses on four aspects of an MBA program - curriculum, cost, class profile and post-MBA salary. For me, the breakdown of the cost and post-MBA industry was useful to make my decision on selecting the top 5 programs for 2017-18. It is a fascinating read in an industry where consultants overprice for their expertise. I recently bought a 30-page guide for $49. Compared to the obvious observation in that book, the 300+ page, MBA in US - the Ultimate guide is a goldmine of information and analysis." - Verified Purchase (21st June 2017)

"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

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