Accidentally misspelled Lazard as Lizerd on my cover letter please help!

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It was around 11:00 at night when I was mass cold emailing EBs and I was really tired, and I forgot to specifically review the cover letter for Lazard and misspelled it as Lizerd because I was way out of it, am I screwed?

Comments (66)

Jul 15, 2017

Apparently, if spell out "Lizard" you're then inducted into a club that controls all the worlds banks, it's very secret.

The analysis is: Lizard = animal who sticks tounge out a lot = dick fuld did that at congressional hearing a lot = billionaire CEO = sticking out tounge is a way to be abducted into the club of Freemasons.

Don't take my word for it.

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Jul 15, 2017

Please im serious stop trolling I need actual help!

Jul 15, 2017

no problem, ill bump this thread so you get the answer you deserve

good luck!

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Jul 15, 2017

Thanks!

Jul 15, 2017

You send cover letters for cold emailing...why?

But to answer your question, yes that doesn't look good. Imagine you're working at a bank and a kid who supposedly wants to work there spells the company's name completely wrong lol.

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Jul 15, 2017

To introduce myself?

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Jul 15, 2017

Cold emailing for informational interviews?

Jul 15, 2017

Yes, and for potential job interviews.

Jul 15, 2017

Okay, so I'm still in college (getting ready for recruiting) so take my advice/comment/whatever you want to call this with a grain of salt.

First, assuming these are all EBs (Lazard/Evercore/Perella) you aren't going to get job interviews just from cold emailing. Cold emailing and developing relationships over time could get you a first round interview/forwarded resume but thats really if you've developed a relationship with them. I've managed to contact about 30 bankers so far and no one offered me any interview/resume push until my 3rd time talking to them (aside from the rare MD that helped me out right after calling him once). And mind you, these were all alumni so if you're mass mailing random bankers its even harder.

Second, don't send cover letters they really don't have time to read it. Make your email succinct and to the point (there are so many guides on WSO on how to do that) and you'll get better response rates. Trust me, I've tried both ways and making it short gave me 3x the response rate.

And like I've said above you aren't screwed but the odds of them replying to you are really slim if you made a glaring error like that. Not a big deal, just move forward and network with different people. Good Luck!

Jul 15, 2017

Thank you for your advice.

Aug 18, 2017

Just started as a first year at an EB, and that's not my experience at all. Once I got a random alum on the phone, he would definitely push my resume to HR, 95%+ of the time. I went to a semi-target with a decent number of people in banking, but not nearly as many as schools like HYPS/Wharton/Michigan/Georgetown etc, so alum always try to help people out.

Could be something you're doing on the phone, because once I had a call with someone and showed interest, my resume was always, always was given to HR and resulted in a phone screen. The key barrier is getting the banker to 1) respond to the email and 2) carve out time for a call,
Bankers are busy and, even though I'm still in training, I've already been getting at least 1-2 networking emails a week, so (1) is the main concern. I'd say fewer than 20% of people replied to my emails. (2) is an issue because bankers will often reschedule and call you later than scheduled, which could throw you off your game on the call.

Jul 15, 2017

You may or may not be screwed. Misspelling the company name doesn't look good to someone reviewing your application; if they are paying attention.

I don't know what you expect to gain by asking for advice on here? You're probably not going to hear back from Lazard.... Move along and pay more attention/don't apply or send emails so late.

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Jul 15, 2017

Damn, life really sucks.

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Jul 15, 2017

Do you think if I try again and reapply under a pseudonym it will work?

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Jul 15, 2017

a pseudonym? Seriously?? No! Relax and start acting professional. If they want to interview you they will... If they don't then get over it & move along.

Ok so when I get presented with a candidate, if you are a good viable candidate you will be brought in for an interview & I will grill you on your misspelling. Also, if you have an obvious misspelling, I will really dig in and grill you over all the stupid stuff you have on your resume. Tighten it up

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Jul 15, 2017

Oh ok I will leverage my knowledge from my mistake into becoming a better candidate in the future.

Jul 15, 2017

Yeah and why would they want to interview you when they haven't even spoken to you yet? Like really? You're asking a dude that hasn't spoken to you to give you an interview? He has so much better things to do.

Jul 15, 2017

No need to be hard about it.

Jul 15, 2017

I mean you're dumb to have made such a mistake and then if you're asked whether you're a detail oriented person, you can't say anything. Next is, it's now an information filled world. You should have done your research already that the whole point of cold emailing is to get that informational chat and then introduce yourself there, not through a cover letter lol.

Also never send an email so late at night.

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Jul 15, 2017

Yea ok, i'll pretend like I know everything next time/

Jul 15, 2017

That's the point of researching it before you do a thing? So you're prepared and you know you did the best/right thing? You didn't research it, so....

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Jul 15, 2017

I know I messed up I don't lurk this site all day everyday because i'm out their networking and etc, so like I said I will try my best to know everything next time like im some type of god.

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Jul 15, 2017

Just curious on why people nowadays seem more to like make up some excuse or crap like "I'm some type of god or know everything" instead of just accepting the fact that you made bad low level mistakes, like spelling a company's name wrong and also emailing it at night lol

Jul 15, 2017

Like I said I never had any guidance, and was doing it at night, IM SORRY for being a human being and not a machine.

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Jul 15, 2017

Don't use that as an excuse thats completely crap. You don't NEED guidance. Sure its nice to have a mentor/someone who could help you through the process but reality is no one is gonna hold your hand.

Use the search function. Literally go on google and type "xyz question wso" you will literally find a thread that will answer your question. If not go ahead and make a thread if you couldn't find any answers, then you won't get ridiculed by people on this forum.

For example:how to network and not screw up like you did literally takes one google search.

https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/want-to-get...

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Jul 15, 2017

Yes, alright you really don't need to be harsh, im currently stressed at the atm.

Jul 16, 2017

Re-read all your comments in this thread and then ask yourself if you think you are cut out for banking... you need to fix your mindset if you can't handle such minor criticisms and a little stress.

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Aug 11, 2017
InvestInYourShelf:

Re-read all your comments in this thread and then ask yourself if you think you are cut out for banking... you need to fix your mindset if you can't handle such minor criticisms and a little stress.

This. No offense OP, but you sound softer than my ex's tits. Let shit roll off your back, but at the same time you mustn't make excuses for yourself if you want to succeed at a high level in any facet of life. Take the criticism, think introspectively, grown, learn, and don't give up.

Aug 25, 2018

Don't take any negativity too seriously.
You have to just brush it off and keep moving forward.
That's how winning is done.
You made a mistake - learn from it and do not repeat it

Aug 20, 2017

Yeah it'll be nearly impossible to recover from that. Best next step is to meet someone in person and try to work your way back in that way.

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Jul 15, 2017

from what I have heard is, don't send cover letters unless explicitly required/stated by the company. It is no secret that cover letter is basically useless during the job selection process, but a spelling mistake like that will take away your chance for sure. Just pass this one along and focus on your next networking opportunity, with more attention to details.

Jul 15, 2017

Im sorry that happened to you but I literally laughed out loud at this. Again sorry

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Jul 15, 2017

Wow thats really harsh..

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Jul 15, 2017

p u m p

Jul 15, 2017

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Jul 15, 2017

Hahaha you fucking lizerd

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Jul 15, 2017

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Jul 15, 2017

DMyers....pump the breaks. You made a stupid ass rookie mistake. Even rookies wouldnt have done that. What is below rookie? Sorry, I digress.

You need to realize, that there are plenty of finance gigs out there. I remember my college days, pumping out emails and calling every alumni in the books...thinking it was an insurmountable task. The only thing you can really control is....your actions! So rather than dwelling on your rookie ass mistake, start networking to develop real connections with people (your existing strategy is weak sauce too) and apply yourself academically and in your spare time to the field you want to work in. More importantly, I'd also cruise into the bathroom, and take a look in the mirror and decide if you really want to 'break-in'...BC that is a truly unacceptable mistake that 99.999% of your competition is not making because they actually care. Being tired is a sad-ass excuse - and the only thing that is inexcusable about your weak ass thread. Just admit you didn't care that much, and decide if you actually 'care' going forward.

Good luck man!

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Jul 15, 2017

BUMP

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Jul 15, 2017

Why are people giving me monkey shit?

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Jul 16, 2017

Because you sound like a little bitch in all of your comments, most people here don't relate to the mindset that you're showing in this thread. Thus, you get monkey shit

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Jul 15, 2017

Well, im sorry for being level headed.

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Jul 15, 2017

Maybe, i'll sound more aggressive next time.

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Apr 27, 2018

BUMP

Jul 16, 2017

Yup. Cross Lizerd off your list.

Jul 15, 2017

Wow....

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Jul 15, 2017

Dude stop worrying about what people on the internet are saying to you and move on. Its kind of unbeleivable how you keep replying. Just admit it was dumb to spell Lazard as Lizerd. And also funny. Best case scenario they will think that you meant the reptile and are just a really shitty speller. Move on.

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Jul 15, 2017

Yea, you're right lots of people here are just offering lots of shitty advice, i'll probably move on.

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Aug 11, 2017

Yikes

Aug 11, 2017

Such a good troll

Aug 11, 2017

No one can help you now.

Aug 17, 2017

Given that mistake, you really had no shot at Lazard anyway...

Sep 10, 2018

but does he have a shot at lizard though?

Aug 17, 2017

If you made that error at 11pm, I can only imagine the mistakes you'd be making working until 6 am every night at the lizerd sweatshop.

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Aug 17, 2017

The title of this thread just makes me happy every time i see it get bumped.

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Aug 18, 2017

You're probably just screwed. Companies don't take well to errors like that. Anecdotally I did something very similar when I had my resume forwarded while marked for special consideration and didn't even get an interview.

Aug 25, 2018

my autocorrect changed Solomon Smith Barney to Salmon

Aug 19, 2017

I hope to god your real name is not Dan Myers

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Dec 30, 2017

This ^

Apr 27, 2018

I once accidentally applied for S&T instead of IB. I have listed that I want to be an IB summer analyst in my cover letter though. Surprisingly, I still got an interview. The interview went pretty well (surprisingly I managed to answer all of the questions correctly). Then, at the end of the interview the trader guy went "in your cover letter, you said that you want to do an IB internship. The interview for that was in another room."

Aug 25, 2018

maybe he brought you in just to f- with you

Apr 27, 2018

Is this kid serious..? LMFAO bruh you are not cut out for IB you should seriously look into something else.

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