The Worst Cover Letter Ever Created
Want to make an unforgettable cover letter? Well try creating one with brutal honesty and self-deprecating humor and you will definitely be remembered…as the worst cover letter ever written.
To show you what not to do in your cover letter, we share this example from a student with dreams of becoming a banker. What you will see is a Hail Mary attempt at landing a job that becomes a giant fumble as this letter becomes a viral sensation and the laughing stock of Wall Street.
Now for your viewing pleasure we present you the worst cover letter ever created.
Subject: Summer Internship
My name is (BLOCKED) and I am an undergraduate finance student at (BLOCKED). I met you the summer before last at Smith & Wollensky’s in New York when I was touring the east coast with my uncle, (BLOCKED). 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 (BLOCKED) to intern at (BLOCKED), 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 crap (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 (BLOCKED), for whatever that is worth.
I am currently awaiting admission results for (BLOCKED) 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 (BLOCKED) or email at (BLOCKED). Thank you for your time.
The fall out as from this cover letter as you can imagine was epic. It even made it onto major news sources like Forbes and Huffington Post. While the attention is great and may have inspired some banks to give the guy an interview just for fun, it’s definitely not the recommended course of action.
“The letter is well written and makes you have great sympathy for the applicant. However, it also feels as a call for charity. I would still prefer the candidate to have something special about them that they can tell me about , rather than a person who pretty much admits that he or she is pretty average. This letter is really not an exception – plenty of smart, hard working, honest people are begging for jobs that are just not available. To get ahead unfortunately, writing beautiful letters is not likely what will get you the job – doing extra ordinary things and thinking outside the box is.”
While it’s tempting to let your emotions spill out on your cover letters, our advice – don’t do it. Go the safer route with a cover letter template like this instead and let your actions do the talking.
If you have seen other worthy candidates for the worst cover letter ever feel free to send them our way.