Among the 3 recommendation letters, is it better to have a majority of the letters from senior folks who have worked with (supervised) you, or those who have only heard of your work?
I have gone through multiple posts on this topic in the forum, and I can see that it is generally recommended to sample your letter writers from multiple organizations, and include people that have not directly worked with you. However, wouldn’t the fine-grained insights offered by an immediate advisor be valuable in proving my skills? How much weightage can be given to the words of someone who doesn’t know you closely?
I am just finding this a little unintuitive since recommendation letters are generally expected from immediate managers who can attest to your skills. If it is good to maintain a good mix, what would you say is more important? The experience of close managers or the impact on far-off peers?
Any insights/opinions are greatly appreciated! Thanks