How to Get Blackballed on Wall Street
An absolutely epic email sent by a former applicant to Wells Fargo has been making its way into the inbox of every finance professional in America over the last few days. As a trader in the frozen backwater (otherwise known as Chicago) I'm characteristically a few days late to the party. Nevertheless I felt it my moral obligation to share this gem with you, the 99%...
For privacy reasons I have redacted the name of the sender and the recipient (although both are widely available on the internet). I was able to see his LinkedIn page to get the following biography.
I am currently a Junior in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin focusing on Finance and Mathematics. In the future I am looking to gain more experience in quantitative finance roles with a specialization in macroeconomic research, foreign exchange, commodities, fixed income or capital markets.
My educational experience at the McCombs School of Business has allowed me to develop skills in both quantitative and qualitative aspects and I hope to further develop these skills with valuable experiences within as well as outside of college.
If the following email is any indication today's job market must be a hell of a lot better than it was when I graduated from Duke a few years ago. Want to see how to Big Time Wells Fargo when you're a junior in college? Look no further...
Sent: November 24, 2013 5:27 AM
To: [redacted at Wells Fargo]
Subject: Disregard My Application
Dear [redacted at Wells Fargo],
After thinking it over I would like to disregard my application I sent this past week out for recruitment for Wells Fargo securities. Looking at my resume again I realize I can do way way better than Wells Fargo and I don’t want to settle for less. Please don’t take it personally. Thanks for your time. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving holiday.
Shortly after sending the email to the Wells Fargo recruiter, it was shared with others at Wells Fargo who forwarded it to friends at other banks. The original email chain lists former applicant's name. Within hours his linkedin page became one of the most searched on the website.
Amazingly the applicant decided to send a follow up at 2:00am the next morning...
Sent: November 25, 2013 1:59 AM
To: [multiple redacteds at Wells Fargo]
Subject: Not Interested
Currently NOT interested in the Securities Analyst Program. Please stop creeping on my accounts.
Judging by the commentary I saw on the original email chain I have to imagine this guy will be blackballed from every investment bank in the country. Fear not, the kid does have some other interests according to his linkedin page:
Hopefully someone hires him as a joke. If not, please contact me. I'm sure we can find some cards for him to check at the Board of Trade.
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