Hello everyone! It’s that time of the year again when all LSE kids are rushing for Goldman Sachs openings.
Not to worry, not all of us want to work in GS or sell our souls to Investment Banks. However, Cover Letter writing skills are an important skill to have and it might prove to be an asset sometime when you actually do need to apply for jobs in the future.
Cover Letter structure
I am currently in my second year reading BSc XXX at the London School of Economics (LSE) and would like to apply for the XXX internship at [name of firm].
[Company specific paragraph/ Paragraph stating why you want to join the firm]
XXX is notable as one of the leading [industry] firms and constantly sets the bar for innovation and performance … The strength of XXX in the XXX sectors will provide an optimal training ground for interns in [division] and ample opportunities to develop my career. Furthermore, I would like to work at a firm that has a strong customer focus and I believe that my skills and abilities would be well suited for work in this division.
You can also include:
– Awards/ Recognition
– Areas of specialisation (Hence your application to this firm)
– The values they uphold
– Company events you attended; who you met, and what you learnt
– Current affairs (related to the division you’re applying to)
– Other firm-related details (Example: Corporate Social Responsibility)
[Selling yourself/ Paragraph stating how you are perfect for the role]
I am able to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with a steep learning curve. As the [Position] of LSE SUXXX I organised … [what you did]. Through this, I improved my time management skills and developed essential public speaking skills, which would be beneficial while working in [division] as [mould the skills you learnt to the role you’re applying for].
You normally include:
– A maximum of 3-4 different examples/roles
– Skills/ attributes you’ve learned or possess
– How those skills/ attributes can add value to the firm
– Participation in societies
– Work experience
– Volunteering work
– Others (Example: Hobbies)
This internship programme would be a fantastic learning opportunity. I hope my qualities and skill sets can be of value to [name of firm].
- There is no one-way of writing a cover letter- the above is just an example of how you can go about writing it.
- Emphasise why you are perfect for the job throughout the entire cover letter- not just in the second paragraph.
- Never state – always elaborate your points. It is better to write 1 or 2 points really well than to write 5 points fleetingly.
- Remember to address the cover letter to the correct firm consistently throughout the entire cover letter– it will be really awkward it you wrote how much you want to work for JP Morgan in the second paragraph, end with saying you’ll be an ideal fit for Goldman Sachs, and send the cover letter to Morgan Stanley! Not a good way to make first impressions.
- Keep it under one page– HR doesn’t want a dissertation!
Before I end this post, did you know that LSE Careers provides:
– Career-related guides such as: How to write a cover letter
(You can pick them up in their office or read it online)
– CV checking services: 15 minute, face-to-face session with a CV consultant
– Practice interviews: One to one, 30 minute mock interview sessions
Find out more about the services LSE Career provides and how to book an appointment here.
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Sample cover letter for Internship position at MORGAN STANLEY
2015 Investment Banking & Global Capital Markets Summer Analyst Programme
I am writing to apply for the Summer Analyst Programme as advertised on the TARGETjobs website. I am in the final year of my BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering course at the University of Nottingham with plans to begin an MSc in Finance in 2015. I am seeking my first internship towards a career in investment banking (M&A) and I feel, with my detail-oriented nature and my quantitative and technical background as an engineer, I am prepared for the highly quantitative and analytically demanding finance environment.
Morgan Stanley stands out as offering the most opportunities through its Summer Analyst Programme such as the provision of real world experience of financial analysis of a wide range of domestic and international transactions and the ability to work alongside experienced professionals on a variety of projects. I am most attracted to the culture, at Morgan Stanley, of investing in its employees, as it wants them to be the leaders of the business in the long term. This was stated by former Morgan Stanley managing director Chris Yoshida and it shows there is a lot of opportunity for professional growth and also the culture of long-term thinking also gives a feeling of job security. Like in engineering, investment banking, in particular M&A, is another way of creating synergy i.e. the interaction of elements (companies) that when combined are greater as a whole, than individually, and this is what draws me to this field. I am excited by the prospect of finding more cost-effective, efficient and profitable ways for companies, by integrating, to operate and provide services.
Experience on numerous projects during my education, have developed my ability to think critically, conduct research, write reports and communicate effectively, for example prior to my enrolment in university, I was part of a team that worked with Fairline Boats Ltd to develop a 3D storyboard and simulation for the advertising campaign of their new boat. I was exposed to different new and innovative technologies in which I had to assimilate quickly, identify issues and propose solutions. My team and I worked with a lot of incomplete and conflicting data but through broad thinking, we reached informed conclusions. I was also able to use and further strengthen my team work, time management and project management skills, as the project was time pressured and involved a great deal of commitment to produce the desired results.
I hope that, on consideration of my attached CV, you will feel that I have the skills and experience to succeed on your summer analyst programme and become a valued member of Morgan Stanley.
I very much look forward to hearing from you.
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