Should I get a recommendation from work?

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DWinter18
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Should I get a recommendation from work?

Postby DWinter18 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:17 pm

I already have 2 professors from my time at Vanderbilt lined up for recommendations. I was wondering if I should also get one from work. I worked at a local Best Buy for about the last year (don't ask... it was for a number of reasons). I was excellent at my job, was able to hit numbers with ease, and went above and beyond what was expected of me in my short time there. I got promoted to full time and was generally well liked and talked about positively by all of the managers.

When I voluntarily left (so I could study for the LSAT full-time) the General Manager of the store, who was rumored to make something around 6 figures, told me specifically if I needed a recommendation he would be glad to write one. I hadn't thought about it until now. Would a recommendation from a GM at a Best Buy look good at all? Or is that job... not serious enough? I was a salesman basically, but I did a lot more than just sell - I reorganized entire sections on my own because I was the only one who was methodical and patient enough to handle that work. Not to put down anyone who works at Best Buy, but I had gone through much more levels of higher education than most employees and frankly, the job was extremely easy.

However, it did give me real world experience, working as an every day man would. I worked there through the holidays, working 50+ hours a week during Black Friday and through Christmas. Stayed unloading trucks until 4 AM sometimes. It was a good work experience for sure, I'm just not sure how valuable it would be for my application. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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bandenjamin
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Re: Should I get a recommendation from work?

Postby bandenjamin » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:20 pm

Can't hurt, could help. I'd get it.




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