I'm planning on going to graduate school next year and will need a few letters of recommendation.  The problem is that my boss was demoted (due to performance and only recently) and is now my peer and the position has not yet been filled.  Should I approach this person and ask them for a letter of recommendation or go elsewhere?  I'm afraid the wounds are still healing and don't want to hurt my chances of getting into a good graduate program.

mfculbert's picture


What is in the best interest of your former manager as well as in your best interest. If he respected you and considers you a friend then she should be happy to write you a recommendation. If you are a competitor or the cause for the demotion then that bridge has been burned. If you don't know your former boss's perception then you need to build the relationship.


saki2me's picture

Thanks.  I'm pretty sure that I am not the cause of the demotion.