Why I Didn't Answer Your E-mail

homer_simpson's picture
Rank: Chimp | -13

Because you:

  • Didn't have a signature. Are you kidding?
  • Never introduced yourself
  • Never told me how you even got my contact information
    (side note: finding me on LinkedIn, then figuring out my bank's e-mail format and e-mailing me is clever, but fucking weird, just message me on LinkedIn like a normal person)
  • Obviously copy/pasted "bank name" (Outlook lets us see when you paste stuff in because the format gets messed up. Just type a new message, how hard is it to be genuine?)
  • Had grammar, spelling, formatting mistakes
  • Didn't attach a resume (no point jumping on the phone with you if you're not qualified)
  • E-mailed me from your personal g-mail (you have a .edu e-mail for a reason)

I didn't answer because I'm an asshole, I didn't because you have no attention to detail.

Comments (18)

Jul 28, 2017

To be fair, most people Ive talked to (IB/PE analysts primarily) stated that they would much prefer an email as opposed to a linkedin message. Not to justify anything just saying

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Jul 30, 2017

Strong point - only weirdos send the linkedin message. +SB

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Jul 28, 2017

I disagree with a lot of his.

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Jul 28, 2017
  1. No one ever responds to cold LinkedIn messages - a lot of people don't even check LinkedIn
  2. I was told it was too aggressive to attach a resume unsolicited
  3. Gmail has a better archiving feature. Also my school email address is my legal name which is really long and hard to pronounce, so it's easier to email from my personal gmail
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Jul 28, 2017

I've heard from many other people not to attach a resume in the first email, as it comes off way too aggressive. Why not shoot them an email back and say like "send over your resume" and after that you can respond or not

Jul 28, 2017

I typically never do, just have 2 lines in my intro paragraph talking about where im currently working/worked most recently so they know im at least familiar with the work within the industry

Jul 28, 2017
  1. Disagree. Who cares if some student goes "Best, [First Last]" and doesn't have school, class year, contact info, etc.
  2. Agree.
  3. Agree if it is not obvious - if I'm an alum I just assume it's from the alumni network but otherwise if it's some random person I've never heard of before some context is nice.
  4. Agree, anything that shows up super sloppily formatted, really.
  5. Agree.
  6. Agree. Do it tactfully obviously, but when I was networking I had multiple people tell me the only reason they talked to me was because I had a good profile. If somebody responds, that's probably the first thing they're asking for anyways.
  7. Completely disagree.
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Jul 28, 2017

Someone thinks they're a bigshot ever since the bonus hit their bank account.

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Jul 28, 2017

You should attempt to help this person by offering constructive advice rather than coming to WSO to complain about it. You're not a BSD yet and posting this content makes you look pathetic. If you want to take pride in something let it be in the fact that you gave someone a hand up rather than trying to look cool like you're too important for commoners.

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Jul 29, 2017

OP, your post comes across as elitist as others have pointed out. Good for you if you've been successful, but someone gave you your first chance. So please show some humility and some small sliver of a conscious :D.

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Jul 29, 2017

Honestly- why does it matter if the email comes from gmail or school? How is that a factor at all? Totally irrelevant.

Jul 29, 2017

I agree - I also tell students to not email from .edu address because when they graduate, some schools don't keep their email addresses active and then students loose some of their network.

Jul 29, 2017

hold on, can someone confirm that people can tell when an email is copy and pasted?

Jul 29, 2017

Generally you can tell if something is copy pasted vs the signature - gmail formatting looks weird in outlook. For instance, I get emails a lot where the signature and body font size and font type are different. Or there is excess spacing, likely indicating a copy / paste. These are generally not emails I reply to

Jul 29, 2017

Will people not respond to emails if u send using plain text, I've been doing that all summer and just realized that it looks fucked up on the phone but normal on the computer

Jul 30, 2017

Dude, who even wants to email you? You're a first year analyst for crying out loud! Probably has not evem closed a deal yet lmao

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Jul 30, 2017

actually, first year analysts usually are in charge of recruiting, so students target 1st year

Jul 30, 2017
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