Getting a Recommendation

You are a Ph.D. candidate and expect to graduate in a few months. In your job search, you receive offers from several companies. The CEO of one of those companies asks you to send three recommendations (one from your advisor, two from your committee members).

You ask your committee members to give you a recommendation. One committee member, Jones, turns you down. Jones says that s/he does not think that s/he knows you well enough to write a recommendation. The other committee member, Smith, tells you that s/he is too busy to find time to write a recommendation.

What do you do?

Cite this page: "Getting a Recommendation" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 9/11/2006 National Academy of Engineering Accessed: Friday, November 27, 2015 <>