What's wrong with my application?
I've applied to a bunch of companies (over 25). Most were non-target, but many were target. Why haven't I gotten any interviews? Since my resume and cover letter are the only way for my present myself, could you guys tell me how I could improve either of them? The cover letter is the general letter I use, with a few adjustments depending on the company. I think my cover letter sounds artificial, but I don't know. Any feedback would be awesome.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Economics and Mathematics
â€¢ Cumulative GPA: 3.21/4
â€¢ SAT Cumulative: 1540 Math: 780 Verbal: 760
Summer 2006 Corporate Strategy
â€¢ Developed an electronic client management system for India's 3rd largest IT banking
firm with annual revenue of over $5 million
â€¢ Performed targeted marketing analysis to streamline prospecting contacts and clientele
â€¢ Organized recruiting efforts for over 1000 qualified candidates to meet the firm's
growing needs in human capital
â€¢ Assisted executive management in presenting and demonstrating software to large
financial institutions and corporations
â€¢ Provided correspondence between the client and media services
â€¢ Maintained documentation of the coverage provided to clients through marketing
2005-Present [Investment Club]
Hedge Fund Analyst
â€¢ $10,000 in the Michigan intercollegiate investment competition, Simumarket. $2500 in
the Carnegie Mellon investment competition. 16th place in UBS investment
â€¢ Quantitative research and trading for Barron's Portfolio Challenge, Investopedia
Portfolio Challenge, and Marketocracy.
â€¢ Developed corporate relations and sponsorship for MII hosted Michigan Economic
â€¢ Computer Skills: FactSet; Bloomberg; SPSS; Proficiency in MS Office; Basic knowledge
of C++, C#, VB, PHP.
â€¢ Languages: Spanish (moderate)
â€¢ Personal investing website, [name omitted] (2007-current)
â€¢ [Cultural Board] executive board member and Residence Hall
Association representative (2005-2006).
â€¢ [Cultural club member] (2006-current).
I am a 2nd year student with junior standing at the University of Michigan studying
economics and mathematics. I hope that you would please consider me for a summer
internship at [Company]. I believe that I can gain invaluable experience at [Company] during the summer in equity research. At the University of Michigan, in addition to pursuing a double major in mathematics and economics, I am also actively involved in the investment club, which has won
intercollegiate investing competitions. I am also working with [Dr. Strangelove], post-doctoral research fellow, researching the psychology of economic preferences. I believe my academic strengths, practical experience, and strong interest in quantitative investing will make me an ideal candidate for an internship at [Company].
During the past two summers, I worked abroad at [Company 2] and [Company 3]. Both experiences have helped me grow professionally. At [Company 2], Indiaâ€™s 3rd largest banking IT company, I developed a database plan to decrease the time spent on administrative activities in the marketing department. These improvements helped the company improve the effectiveness of marketing and decrease response time.
I would like the opportunity to develop my skills as an equity analyst and potentially
contribute to [Company]. I request your favorable consideration of
my application for a summer internship beginning in May 2007.