By now, I am sure you are well aware that your recommendation letter is one of the essential documents of your application. Choosing the right recommender essentially depends on your equation and association with the recommender. Your selected recommender must be able to present and justify your candidature in the most effective manner, preferably with the aid of instances and anecdotes. The recommender must have a clear idea about specific attributes, project work and instances that can be cited in the recommendation. Also, it is important not to simply mention the instacnes but also the manner in which the same is presented would add value to the LOR. One extremely important aspect to be taken care of while preparing your LORs is that all the LORs should preferably contain unique content, which obviously result from including unique anecdotes pertaining to your academic and professional experiences and proficiencies. Hence, choose two recommenders who can offer similar perspective though from two rather different instances of your association.
Elaborating on the same, say we are talking about an LOR for an MS course. If you have submit two Academic LORs, then you must focus on getting two recommender who can talk about two rather different things. For instance, one of your professors can talk about your learning during your internship while the other talks about maybe one of your seminars or workshops. For instance, if one of your recommenders mentions “ABC’s technical as well as managerial skills were demonstrated during one of his projects titled Enhancing Efficiency of Screw Press Oil Expeller Roller where he proved his expertise in problem solving, innovation, design and manufacturing”, the other recommenders must present some other achievements of yours.
Even while preparing your professional LORs for MBA Courses, you must brief your recommenders about this. Example, if the recommender says something like “I remember when we were discussing some technical options and upgrades to the basic design of our product, ABC voraciously read various online journals, company operations profiles and user interaction details. This helped us to choose the best architecture option for the availability and performance of the application focused on the target customer needs. We saved a lot of time and effort by choosing the right path early and ABC played the key role in making this happen”, the other recommenders, even if they belong to the same organization must make it a point not to include this example. Also, until and unless specified, the format for MBA LOR would only vary in content from that of an MS LOR.
It is quite a known fact now that making generic statements in LOR is not a big deal anyway and moreover, it does not add any value to the document. How to Prepare an Impressive LOR depends on the level of your competencies displayed by the content of your LOR. Thus, including unique anecdotes indicative of your skills and goals in your recommendation letters creates a positive and long lasting impression on the Admission Committee.