Two LORs from same job?

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jonc4
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Two LORs from same job?

Postby jonc4 » Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:43 pm

I have two LORs from the same job and one from a former professor. I was planning on using one from the job and one from the professor for all of my apps, but I see now that some schools recommend three letters. Should I just submit two letters, or send all three? The ones from the same job probably don't say much that's substantively different.

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AreJay711
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Re: Two LORs from same job?

Postby AreJay711 » Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:51 pm

If they say pretty much the same thing you should probably go with just 2.

jonc4
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Re: Two LORs from same job?

Postby jonc4 » Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:54 pm

To clarify, I don't know what they say. I just assume they say similar things since I didn't do particularly different things for the two people.

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Re: Two LORs from same job?

Postby JakeL » Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:56 pm

I've used three from the same job and it hasn't been a problem yet...

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Re: Two LORs from same job?

Postby jonc4 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:19 pm

Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

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Re: Two LORs from same job?

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:20 pm

I think it depends on what your other options are.

Personally, I'm using 3 LORs from my current job. One is my former supervisor/current department director, one is my former director who left this summer, and one is the director of a different department, with whom I serve on two committees. The 3rd guy wrote a school-specific LOR, however, so I'm only using his once. (Bummer, b/c it's great.)

I've been here almost 4 years, so if I went to my previous job and asked for LORs from my bosses there, they'd really have to scrape their memories for anything much to write. And I'm 8 years out of UG, so there's no way I'm going to find a professor who remembers me.




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