In the corporate world, hiring managers are flooded with dozens of resumes every day representing essentially equal candidates. Only school, internship background, and connections can really help you distinguish yourself from the pile. That is, unless you write an acerbic, self-deprecating cover letter to go along with it, which is exactly what Matthew Ross did last year when applying for internships.
The letter, containing phrases like “won’t waste your time inflating my credentials, throwing around exaggerated job titles, or feeding you a line of crap about how my past experiences and skill set align perfectly for an investment banking internship.” and mentioning his willingness to do menial tasks like getting coffee and shining shoes made the rounds with companies and publications last January. That got him an investment banking internship with Duff & Phelps, which turned into a full-time position after two months.
While this is awesome, and all, keep in mind that Ross also had a 3.9 GPA from a pretty solid school, and still had to nail his interview. So even if you have the wit and balls to do your own version of his cover letter, you probably won’t go far if you’re sitting at a C average from a bottom tier state school.
That, and every “clever” grad will be using this technique now that it’s gotten some press, so it’ll probably just annoy hiring managers more than anything else. Sorry, kids. You missed your window.
[via CNN Money]