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Sometimes Brutal Honesty Is The Best Policy: Check Out the Viral Cover Letter Sweeping Wall Street


"The truth is I have no unbelievably special skills for genius eccentricities..."

Ordinarily, if a cover letters goes viral, it's because it's exceptionally embarrassing and/or misguided. However, every now and then you get the exact opposite -- you get one that's so spot-on, hiring managers practically trip over themselves trying to hire its author.

“Sometimes we get forwarded applications for summer internships on Wall Street that are extremely embarrassing because the applicant is totally full of themselves or completely clueless,” Business Insider’s Julia La Roche and Joe Weisenthal note. “What happens is the letters go viral and the Street passes them around in long email chains blasting the applicant. They're always funny, but a little bit sad.”

“That's exactly what we thought was going to happen today when we received this one in our inbox. It turns that the cover letter originally sent to a boutique investment bank is exactly the opposite,” they add. “The cover letter below is unapologetically honest and people on Wall Street are calling it one of the best letters they have seen.”

Here's the cover letter:

Click to enlarge (Courtesy Business Insider)

The responses have been overwhelmingly positive:

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Hopefully, someone picks this kid up.

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This post has been updated.

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