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Letter of recommendation for an MBA applicant

In recent years, admission to MBA programs has become more and more competitive. An MBA from an esteemed institution such as Harvard, Wharton or the London Business School is bound to be a major career booster. Most of these universities rely heavily on letters of recommendation, and particularly from superiors at jobs, rather than teachers. The following reference letter is written from the perspective of a candidate’s former/current manager and would be suitable for an MBA application.


Dear Sir or Madam,

it is with great pleasure that I recommend Jennifer Gutierrez for admission to your MBA program.

I have been Jennifer’s direct superior for the past 3 years. In her role as my assistant, Jennifer took on a broad spectrum of tasks. She conducted analyses of our target regions and potential distribution partners and supported me in initiating cooperations with distributors. She also oversaw the shipping process handling and, on top of that, effectively took over the role as the business controller for our department. In this function, she analysed key metrics on a regular basis and supported me in presenting our results to the company’s management board.

Jennifer is skilled at identifying the most important issues, even in the most complex situations. She was quick to interpret the development of our key performance indicators. With her business acumen and her strong commitment to deliver great and meaningful results, she was a great asset to our department in specific and the company in general.

Furthermore, Jennifer can definitely be described as a “people person”. She has a natural talent to inspire and motivate other employees and demonstrates a very positive can-do attitude, no matter how difficult a challenge may be.

While it will be hard to replace someone as productive and energetic as Jennifer Gutierrez, I am sure that obtaining an MBA education is the right way for her to hone her already impressive qualities as a business manager. I highly recommend her without reservation, and I am most certain she will make a great addition to your MBA program.



John Business, MBA

Regional Manager Central/East
General Eel Company Ltd.