A College Kid Wrote a Brutally Honest Cover Letter, And Wall Street Loved It
We've seen these before, but a cover letter from a college kid looking for a summer internship on Wall Street is getting some love online, because he's BRUTALLY honest. It's about how he's from an "average" university, but is smart, studying finance, and will work hard. Apparently he sent it on Monday, to the head of an investment bank he met randomly a couple years ago.
In the letter, the kid writes, "I won't waste your time inflating my credentials, throwing around exaggerated job titles, or feeding you a line of crapp about how my past experiences and skill set align perfectly for an investment banking internship." (Yes, he actually spelled it "crapp" for some reason.) 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." He also throws in some shameless groveling. "I have no qualms about fetching coffee, shining shoes or picking up laundry, and will work for next to nothing."
The guy he sent it to liked it so much, he forwarded it to an email list of OTHER Wall Street bankers, and apparently THEY loved it too. One of them wrote, "I wouldn't be surprised if this guy gets at least a call from every bank out there." Another wrote, "This might be the best cover letter I've ever received." Which, as one person commented online, MIGHT explain some of the idiocy behind the financial crisis.
No word on whether the kid got an internship yet.