How to put together a KILLER recommendation package!


Last week I detailed how I asked for my recommendations(and was thankfully successful). Being a bit of a “planner,” I wanted to make sure that I reduced the stress of having to create the recommendations while at the same ensure that they get completed in a timely manner.

Using a variety of inspiration and input (a lot from gmatclub’s 2014 MBA Guide), I created my “Recommendation Package,” that I attached to my personal emails to my recommenders. This package COMPLEMENTS a previous in-person meeting, NOT REPLACES.

To insure my anonymity, I have replaced some of the personal details with the “Lorem ipsum” text. I highly recommend that you create a similar package! (Don’t forget to click to enlarge!)

While your package may look different, I believe every package should include the following:

  1. Thank you note
  2. List of schools and deadline
  3. Prompt information
  4. List of character attributes
  5. Why you want to get an MBA
  6. Summary of yourself in terms of accomplishments
  7. Recommendation “pointers”

Here is my recommendation package:

GMA Recommendation Package-0

GMA Recommendation Package-1

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12 Responses to “How to put together a KILLER recommendation package!”

  1. ProGMAT

    Nicely Done!! I have made one with power-point. Still, this one looks good.
    You can also provide resume attached in the same document. If recommender wants to have a look!!
    +Weaknesses and how you are working on improving those weaknesses.

  2. pullingthatmbatrigger

    That looks amazing! How long did it take you to make? Procrastinating on GMAT prep much? 😛

    Also, best of luck for the exam GrantMeAdmission, hope you kick it out of the park 😀

  3. Ankur

    Great stuff! I kinda “borrowed” that to show it to my recommender.. So thanks!

  4. RoadToMyMBA

    Great information in here. After I get through the GMAT my biggest worry for sure is the recommendation… You’ve done a good job!


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