Hilariously Honest Cover Letter Gets Wall Street’s Attention & Lands Kid a Dream Interview

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Wall StreetHere's an annoyingly obvious statement for you today: It's a tough job market out there, folks. People have to do anything and everything to stand out. Going to a top 10 Ivy League school and having a 4.0 GPA means very little nowadays. A college kid took this to heart and came out with the most brutally honest cover letter you will ever read. And now everyone wants to hire him!

Yep, the author takes it above the typical "my skills and experience align perfectly with your needs for this role" and a bulleted list of said skills and experience. Considering the positive feedback this letter's received, I'm kind of looking forward to all the other creative cover letters that might result from this one going viral. Hiring managers on Wall Street are reportedly saying it's the best one they've ever seen. And it's gotten him an interview or two.

Here's a transcript of the letter:

My name is [redacted] and I am an undergraduate finance student at [redacted]. I met you the summer before last at Smith & Wollensky's in New York when I was touring the east coast with my uncle, [redacted]. 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 [redacted] to intern at [redacted], 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.

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 [redacted], for whatever that is worth.

I am currently awaiting admission results for [redacted] 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 [redacted] or email at [redacted]. Thank you for your time.

Gotta love this guy's originality. He doesn't feel entitled to anything, like so many college kids do nowadays, and he is well aware that inflated job titles and kissing ass will get him nowhere. Responses to his letter range from "This might be the best cover letter I've ever received" to "Instant classic" to "This kid could be worth a conversation."

Okay, I get that this cover letter's creative, blunt, and funny, but the best ever? It's got its fair share of critics, and I'm really disappointed that he misspelled the word "crap." (Think that was deliberate?) And I can't help but wonder what the background is with him running into this hiring manager at Smith & Wollensky's late at night. Kind of an interesting twist to this whole scenario, don't you think?

Regardless, as Forbes pointed out, this kid probably doesn't give a shit and has the rare chance to land the internship of his dreams as long as the interviews work out. Congrats on standing out among us cliched minions, anonymous college dude. Keep on keepin' on.

Do you think this is the best cover letter you've ever read?


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worki... workingmama86

He definitely caught my attention, and sounds like a very likable person. I would definitely consider an internship with him. 

nonmember avatar Todd Vrancic

The letter states that he met the man in the company of the letter-writer's uncle. Perhaps he was on vacation, staying with his uncle and his uncle decided to show him the town?

littl... littlemama916

I find this letter extremely offputting and I would not consider hiring this individual.  While I appreciate honesty, the manner in which this "honesty" is presented just comes across as snarky to me, particularly that third paragraph.  I think honesty is appropriate and should be encouraged, but I think there is a way to get this point made while being polite and professional.

Senia... Seniahmom

I'd call him

jalaz77 jalaz77

Why not try him out?? I think it's great that he has initiative and no expectations. I feel students at Ivy League school have an expectation to get somewhere fast, average, State school students know they have to work hard to get to the top. You never know unless you try.

tuffy... tuffymama

Love it! He's clearly got the stones of a young person. Oh, to be young again.

Gretchen DeKok

No. That "cover letter" would be turned into a paper airplane and flown into the trash can, immediately. Clearly this kid is definitely NOT mature enough for the real working world. McD's, yes, but NOT a corporate office.

nonmember avatar Justshootme

The depressing thing is I've been doing what he claims he has no qualms offering to do as an internship. I'd like to say I get compensated well for it, but I'm still 15k under what they would've offered an external candidate to my position 4 years ago. What I've learned about corporate finance is, those who delegate and make themselves visible succeed, those who do the actual work remain in the backdrop unless they know how to play the game.

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