ridofme Posted September 27, 2012 Share Posted September 27, 2012 (edited) I'm in a situation that I imagine a lot of you have been in. I'm working in a relevant field, and I want to ask one of my supervisors for a recommendation. I wanted to hear some of your experiences with asking current employers for rec letters, as it basically announces "I desperately hope to be quitting in 9 months! (but if grad school won't have me, can I stay here, pretty please?!)" How have you gone about it? What kinds of reactions have you had? Have you gained any wisdom that you'd like to share? I don't think that my bosses will be shocked to know I want to move on eventually - while my job is great on a day-to-day basis, it's essentially dead-end without an advanced degree. What also makes me nervous is that the person I'd be asking for a letter is not the person who hired me. I got the job (or at least the job interview) by networking with a close friend of the 'big boss', who is no way oversees my day-to-day work and with whom I have minimal interaction. I'm not sure what the protocol would be for letting the 'big boss' know myself because of the personal connection, or letting him hear from my supervisor/recommendation-writer...I don't want to inadvertently commit a faux pas. Also, my office does not have the most professional environment, and I have seen how employees who have moved on have been retaliated against. People giving their two weeks' notice have been told to leave at the end of the day. (Although this generally happens when they leave for 'rival' organizations). Anyhow, I know you probably don't care about all these details, but I guess I'm just giving a little context to my anxiety. I'm applying for public policy programs, by the way. Edited September 27, 2012 by ridofme Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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