The Web site Business Insider has availed itself of a cover letter sent by a student at New York University to J.P. Morgan. The letter is part of the student’s effort to gain a place on J.P. Morgan’s summer intern program and is a perfect example of how not to write a cover letter, which is why we've reproduced it for your perusal. Some of its more notable errors include:
- Referring to Morgan Stanley while applying to J.P. Morgan
- Hoping to "augment one’s character" while at work
- Quantifying an ability to bench press and do pull ups
- Describing oneself as “unequivocally the most unflaggingly hard worker I know”
If you are a student wondering how to write a cover letter, we have some practical advice here, or here. Do not take the letter below as a template.