We all know that half the battle of getting a job interview is a killer cover letter. One student majoring in finance who is looking for an internship on Wall Street in New York has written a cover letter that has become a viral Internet sensation because of how blunt and honest it is.
The letter simply states:
“My name is [removed] and I am an undergraduate finance student at [removed]. I met you the summer before last at Smith & Wollensky’s in New York when I was touring the east coast with my uncle, [removed]. I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to talk with me that night.
I am writing to inquire about a possible summer internship in your office. I am aware it is highly unusual for undergraduates from average universities like [removed] to intern at [removed], but nevertheless I was hoping you might make an exception. I am extremely interested in investment banking and would love nothing more than to learn under your tutelage. I have no qualms about fetching coffee, shining shoes or picking up laundry, and will work for next to nothing. In all honesty, I just want to be around professionals in the industry and gain as much knowledge as I can.
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I won’t waste your time inflating my credentials, throwing around exaggerated job titles, or feeding you a line of crapp (sic) about how my past experiences and skill set align perfectly for an investment banking internship. The truth is I have no unbelievably special skills or genius eccentricities, but I do have a near perfect GPA and will work hard for you. I’ve interned for Merrill Lynch in the Wealth Management Division and taken an investment banking class at [removed], for whatever that is worth.
I am currently awaiting admission results for [removed] Masters of Science in Accountancy program, which I would begin this fall if admitted. I am also planning on attending law school after my master’s program, which we spoke about in New York. I apologize for the blunt nature of my letter, but I hope you seriously consider taking me under your wing this summer. I have attached my resume for your review. Feel free to call me at [removed] or email at [removed].
Thank you for your time.
While some are saying such a straight forward and honest cover letter that completely lacks self-promotion is a risk, it is a risk that paid off. It did not take long for his cover letter to become a who’s who chain mail, as it was forwarded between Wall Street execs. Comments from the various recipients of the forward were overwhelmingly positive:
“Read the cover letter at the bottom. No joke, I think we should consider this guy. I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy gets at least a call from every bank out there.”
“This might be the best cover letter I’ve ever received.”
“We called him.”
“Jesus….this thing made like 20 turns in 30 mins? Kid sent it at 1:14 today. We’re debating calling him up.”
“That’s amazing, please tell me you are considering at least a phone interview.”
“THIS IS AWESOME.”
Who would have thought that honesty would pay off on Wall Street, of all places?
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