(Last Updated On: 01/06/2011)

Sample Cover Letter

The outstanding cover letter below shows careful thought and research.  It was written to the hiring manager at a New York Investment Banking Firm.

Mr. Hiring Manager
Company Name
Street Address
City, State Zip

Dear Mr. Last Name:

Company Name is an investment bank for which it would be an honor to work. Your organization possesses a number of characteristics which interest me. Most important are its age and size. As a young bank, Company Name has the ability to adapt to a constantly changing investment environment. With the advent of consolidation in the banking area, as well as the current state of the marketplace, Company Name has the flexibility that is now imperative to institutional trading and sales. Smaller investment banks, such as Company Name, offer special advantages to analysts and associates. Working in small execution teams provides more interaction with upper-level executives, as well as the opportunity to take on more responsibility than most of the larger investment banks permit.

I am highly qualified for an analyst position at Company Name. I have developed my web and proprietary software research skills as a finance major and as an intern last summer with a big five-tax firm. My finance courses have helped develop both my qualitative and quantitative financial skills.

Diversified course work as a finance major have given me a broad outlook. In addition, job experience has taught me how to apply these skills to real-world situations. Currently I am learning new techniques in financial modeling as an intern for a local investment advisor. Work in a busy restaurant allowed me to hone my people skills as well as enhance my confidence and assertiveness.

Attached is my resume. I will call you the week of February 14th to inquire about setting up an interview and to further discuss this position. If you have any questions, I may be reached at Phone Number.

Sincerely,

Candidates Name

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