This Is What To Write In A Cover Letter

Gordon Gekko

Do you wonder what to write in a cover letter? Moreover, do you like stories about kids sending off cover letters and then tons of people trying to hire them? Yes, of course you do. Happy cover letter stories are the fairy tales of the recession. Business Insider got a hold of this letter sent to a boutique investment firm which now has tons of people trying to hire the kid. The cover letter runs:

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I’m going to be perfectly honest – I like genius eccentricities, so I’d be more impressed if this kid had written a letter saying he was currently making a living as an elephant polo player. An elephant polo player in New York. That is probably how being a blogger is different than working in the financial industry.

But what is striking is the fact that it seems pretty humble. The company doesn’t really have anything to lose by employing someone who is literally willing to shine their shoes. Sample responses

“This might be the best cover letter I’ve ever  received. Second and third paragraphs, especially.”

“Not sure if either of you guys are looking for a lackey to build models and fetch coffee, but this guy could be worth a conversation.”

“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.”

So, I guess, if you’re writing a cover letter, try to be humble, while also mentioning that your GPA is perfect. Find ways to do that. Happy story, everybody!

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    • Fabel

      But my GPA is shitty! I NEED to throw around exaggerated job titles & inflate the responsibilities of my past jobs :(

    • JennyWren

      Not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, good for him for being honest and not bullshitting. On the other, this clearly sends the message that if you want to break into banking, you should brown nose till it hurts and advertise the fact that you’re willing to work for no pay (because frankly, shining shoes, picking up laundry and fetching coffee used to be what you paid personal assistants to do). I mean, I’ve never wanted to work in banking, so maybe I just don’t get it, but parts of this read like “you can treat me like crap and I’ll still thank you for simply gracing me with your presence.”