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  2. Mod note: This was a top rated comment ahwhile back in response to how to format a cold email here: Stand Out as a Non-Target: Recruiting. What's your take on long vs short emails? I'm going to disagree with your cold e-mailing format. I go to a ...

    124 comments3 Mar 2018 -

  3. A couple pieces of honest advice when writing cold emails. People may say I'm overly critical but I get 5 of these a day so I am looking for any reason not to respond...-Do not address an analyst or associate as "Mr. XXXX". Literally my big ...

    112 comments23 Oct 2015 -

  4. So ever since I've posted my story on here ("106 Rejections, 1 Success & Unquantifiable Perseverance") and the follow up post detailing a few lessons I learned through my story ("3 lessons from 106 rejections"), I have receive ...

    39 comments1 Sep 2017 -

  5. Critique my cold email

    Investment Banking

    I am cold emailing random bankers in Investment Banking with this email. I would appreciate any feedback on it. Subject line: [firm name] informational chat Dear xxx, My name is xxx and I came across your Linkeidn profile. I completed my [degree+subject] ...

    27 comments12 Apr 2019 -

  6. Hello everyone, This is a thought experiment for you to entertain. Since finance is really a numbers game, and sending cold email is the most crucial part of expanding networks. How much would you pay for someone else to help you send cold emails? For me ...

    32 comments28 Mar 2017 -

  7. Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally published May, 2013 I try to let you guys know about it when I find something cool or useful, and today I've got something that can make a huge difference in increasing the hit rate on your cold ema ...

    44 comments9 Aug 2014 -

  8. When someone does not respond to a cold email and I want to follow up with them again after a week, should I just send the same email again or preface it by saying something like "I hope this email finds you well." Any tips would be greatly appr ...

    61 comments10 Mar 2017 -

  9. I received an email from an MD at a local boutique bank I had applied to that said he would like to set up a phone call. I sent a reply and then I realized after that I had a spelling/grammatical mistake, should I send a follow up email apologizing for th ...

    67 comments1 Dec 2017 -

  10. I received a cover letter, resume, and some other related collateral (a supposed 'research' report) relatively recently from a cold-emailer that I thought was worth highlighting, because it has some prime examples of what not to say/write to any ...

    60 comments3 Aug 2013 -

  11. Awful Cold Email Response rate

    Job Search Advice

    Does anyone have any tips for increasing response rate? Should I be sending them out at a specific time and day of the week? Out of 30 emails, I got one reply. We had a 10 min conversation in which he ended saying I should call him again. I emailed him th ...

    38 comments18 Aug 2014 -

  12. Barclays Email Format

    Investment Banking

    I have tried [email protected] [email protected] for people in the investment bank I dont know what else to do??? Is it because they changed their name from Barclays to Barcap? If someone who is working there can help me out I would really appre ...

    38 comments10 Oct 2016 -

  13. I cold-emailed 2 traders at a date N. They answered me between 3 and 4 days after. One suggested to send my resume and the other to have a chat through phone last week. I replied but I haven't got news from them since 11 days. What should I do? I rea ...

    44 comments17 Mar 2014 -

  14. Crtique Cold Email

    Job Search Advice

    I attend a non target, but i have been trying to network with alumni from schools in the same state. Hello Mr/s. NAME, My name is XYZ and I am a student at XYZ, majoring in finance. I am interested in investment banking and recently came across your firm. ...

    10 comments12 Apr 2019 -

  15. Reaching out directly to HR

    Job Search Advice

    Analyst looking to lateral to a different market here; I applied to a job about a month ago and when I check the application status it says "not reviewed." I wanted to sort of poke HR to make sure they've looked at my resume. I have the com ...

    15 comments12 Jun 2017 -

  16. email disaster

    Investment Banking

    Attempted to cold email one of the alumni (VP at the firm), used the email format on WSO and turned out emailing the wrong person with the same last name and same first name initial (a senior MD). first time, that guy didn't reply, then I followed up ...

    20 comments29 Nov 2012 -

  17. If you email someone cold or email someone you marginally know and don't get a response, when is it acceptable to email them again? I have had success re-contacting people after a week, but don't want to be a pest. time email wait response cold ...

    18 comments11 Apr 2017 -

  18. What to ask when networking?

    Investment Banking

    Two days ago, I cold called a boutique investment bank and asked for a 10 minute interview with one of the associates at the firm. He was busy, but surprisingly he referred me to an analyst. The Analyst emailed me and said that he would give me a call nex ...

    20 comments7 Jul 2011 -

  19. Please critique my cold email

    Investment Banking

    Hi guys, I'm a freshman at a non-target currently interning at PWM. However, it is extremely unfulfilling as all I do is cold call so now I am trying to obtain a new internship for this summer. I'm targeting investment banking boutiques and hedg ...

    10 comments5 Mar 2018 -

  20. Is there any harm/lack of efficacy in cold-emailing a bunch of managers for informational interviews or internships? I'm not talking about the super media-friendly ones like Ackman/Cooperman or those that run gigantic shops like Dalio/Griffin, since ...

    16 comments17 Dec 2013 -

  21. So I've been cold emailing boutiques firms hoping to land a full time offer even though its late in recruiting season. I got a response this morning asking for my resume and whether I'm interested in a permanent or temporary position. What would ...

    15 comments24 Feb 2012 -

  22. ...assistant. I emailed a well-known activist investor who gave the graduation speech at my high school asking for advice. His son graduated the same year I did and we happened to know each other. Got an email about a half hour later from the assistant say ...

    15 comments18 Jun 2013 -

  23. Warm response or not?

    Job Search Advice

    Hi guys, cold emailed a guy, got no response and followed up this morning. He responded, saying this: Thank you for your e-mails. I am making some enquiries regarding your request, and hope to be able to come back to you on this matter early next week, so ...

    12 comments13 Oct 2012 -

  24. Hey Guys, I had a thought today and I'd like the advice of the WSO community. I've been a long time reader and have noticed that networking/cold emailing/cold calling is heavily emphasised in the pursuit of breaking into the industry. I've ...

    10 comments9 Dec 2012 -

  25. Hi Folks, wold you mind helping a female chimp out? Some alumni from my high school are big IB bosses. I recently cold emailed one of them to ask for career advice and he responded within a few minutes. He gave me his cell phone number and suggested that ...

    10 comments15 Jan 2011 -

  26. I have been sending cold emails to bankers. I am targetting Vice Presidents in Investment Banking. Many have come back to me to say that they receive emails from students every week so they dont have the time to commit. I was wondering, how many times a w ...

    7 comments4 May 2017 -

  27. Random Cold Email

    Job Search Advice

    Just wondering if it's okay to randomly cold email MDs, VPs or Associates at finance firms. I'm from a non-target, therefore it is extremely hard to find alumni. Any thoughts? cold email ...

    9 comments14 Apr 2013 -

  28. When I cold email I usually list a lot of questions 5-6, and then say I'd be happy to talk on the phone. Should I just not list the questions and ask set up a phone call so that I can talk to them live (and possibly lead to an offer to pass along the ...

    9 comments19 Feb 2013 -

  29. How / When To Call Back

    Job Search Advice

    Hi, I am a senior in college passionate about a career in equity research. I have identified three companies (for sake of interest: Telsey Advisory Group, Wolfe Research, and Fred Alger Management) that have open research positions I believe I would be a ...

    8 comments7 May 2015 -

  30. Hi, Im in the process of cold emailing various banks (not necessarily IB, rather PWM, local banks down here in the Florida area, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale etc) and i was wondering who should i email it to... WSO has a pretty thorough email list directly to so ...

    8 comments19 Apr 2016 -

  31. Hey all, as some of you may have noticed, I am looking to get into the buy side of real estate. I am coming from a completely different industry but I have started taking steps to get onto the RE path: Joining ULI Starting REFM courses Reading "The R ...

    7 comments19 Apr 2016 -

  32. Writing e-mails in Japan

    Investment Banking

    Not necessarily IBD, but professionals in finance in general (either cold-mailing or having the name from a mutual contact) What's the polite way to address someone in Japan? I did some googling, but it was for business in general (less international ...

    8 comments7 Aug 2013 -

  33. Yes, I realize there are many posts about cold emailing and I think I have the basics down, but this situation seems a little tricky... ...

    8 comments19 Apr 2012 -

  34. I know that in general when you're cold emailing you're supposed to do it between 8-9 so it will be at the top of their inbox when they get into the office. I've found some personal email addresses through my alumni association's datab ...

    8 comments18 Mar 2012 -

  35. Networking e-mail question

    Investment Banking

    I was going to start getting on the network drive again and has a few questions. Is it bad to BCC several people the same e-mail? What if they are the same firm? Different firm? Is there a good way to start / structure the e-mail? So far I know this,-Keep ...

    8 comments23 Feb 2012 -

  36. So, I'm applying to a place, that's tbh, a bit above my league. I've got the email of the guy who heads up recruitment for the uk, and cyber stalked him. He seems a bit of a character, who loves his puns. Should I include one in my email (n ...

    8 comments19 Sep 2011 -

  37. Hey guys, I was looking to reach out to an alum. Any help for this particular situation? first, the alum's not on linkedin but is featured on bank's website. no email address is mentioned, but i found out the sample format through google My only ...

    7 comments9 Jun 2012 -

  38. Do I offer to work for free?

    Job Search Advice

    I emailed a few firms in the area and got a response from HR at one of them asking for a resume. After I submitted a resume, he never responded so I followed up about a week later, and he replied saying they're not hiring off cycle interns this semes ...

    7 comments29 Dec 2011 -

  39. I've been reaching out to people on LinkedIn- sending a short note to connect and a lengthier inMail. I'm reading threads on WSO about keeping cold messages short- but mine are novels now- almost like cover letters! They usually span 4 paragraph ...

    5 comments18 May 2017 -

  40. Getting emails off Linkedin

    Investment Banking

    Hey all, I am a freshman at a target university and I'm currently reaching out to a whole bunch of investment banking (boutique and MM), PWM, and PE firms near my hometown. My strategy so far, specifically for boutique banks, has been to find an MD/S ...

    4 comments26 Dec 2018 -

  41. As we all know, cold e-mailing and cold calling are two effective ways to network when you're starting out with limited connections, coming from a non-target, or coming from a different industry. I won't go over in great detail *how* to specific ...

    5 comments30 May 2012 -

  42. When reaching out to a firm is it better to ask for an interview or ask for an informational interview? If reaching out to an analyst or associate I assume it is better to ask for an informational interview, however what about a contact in HR? Say I find ...

    5 comments9 Feb 2015 -

  43. I've been on the summer analyst stint search, hitting up boutiques in large quantities, asking for informational interviews in some cases, sending resumes if their websites ask for it, etc. I contacted a CEO on LinkedIn with a generic InMail and he r ...

    5 comments5 Feb 2015 -

  44. Hi everyone, I have recently tried to cold email different bankers (in both US and other countries) and was hoping to set up informational interviews. I have reached out to a guy and he has forwarded my email to HR, mentioning my email is unsolicited. The ...

    5 comments15 Sep 2014 -

  45. Should I wait?

    Job Search Advice

    I'm transferring to a target next fall for my junior year. Can I start emailing local alumni to see if I can do some grunt work in their offices this summer or should I wait until I actually start attending the school? cold email ...

    5 comments8 May 2014 -

  46. I'm a recent graduate trying to break into Asset Management and do equity research. In order to stand out, I have been trying to cold email a few analysts/PMs investment write-ups that I've made and asking for feedback, in attempt to stand out. ...

    5 comments17 Jun 2013 -

  47. Need some good advice here. I have a telephone interview lined up for a boutique and to mitigate the risk of screwing up, I saw a few past intern employees at the firm on LinkedIn. Would it be appropriate to shoot a cold email to them asking about their e ...

    5 comments3 Apr 2013 -

  48. Piping Hot Email?

    Job Search Advice

    In discussions for a job. I had a written assignment and I think I did very well in it, to the point that a fresh set of eyes next day made me think I didnt even write it. Anyway, I sent it off, and got an immediate response about how she'll get back ...

    5 comments20 Oct 2012 -

  49. Whatsup monkeys, I got an interesting case on my hands. So I recently cold e-mailed an MD at a BB. Yet, he only replied to me: "Please get him in the intern loop" while cc'ing a senior associate (I'm guessing who works for him). So my ...

    5 comments9 Jun 2012 -

  50. For some firms with [email protected] e-mail addresses. In this case Evercore... What if there are multiple people with the same last name? I am asking this because I found a banker that I want to reach out to (he is an alumni from my school, He ha ...

    5 comments23 Nov 2010 -

  51. Fifth Third Bank Email Format

    Job Search Advice

    Hi, would someone please share the email format for the investment banking division at Fifth Third Bank? Thanks! cold email ...

    4 comments9 Jun 2016 -

  52. What should go into the body of my email? Should I use my cover letter as the body of my email, or should the body of the email just mention that i've attached my resume to the email? This is in regards to cold emailing for potential internships by t ...

    4 comments31 Mar 2014 -

  53. Cold Emails

    Job Search Advice

    I've sent out my applications for BBs but haven't heard back so I've come up with a list of around 50 smaller banks to try. Some of them have application drops but some of them just provide an email/contact. Is there a format to follow? Is ...

    4 comments14 Jan 2013 -

  54. How to respond to cold email?

    Job Search Advice

    hey guys, so I cold emailed a few boutiques and MM hedge funds around my area. I got a few responses from analysts and portfolio managers for meetings. I'm wondering how to respond to these though while confirming the date and time? here is something ...

    4 comments16 Jan 2012 -

  55. Does anyone know the email structure for Booz Allen Hamilton? Thanks. cold email Salary ...

    4 comments16 Nov 2011 -

  56. Cold emailing for F500?

    Job Search Advice

    An Ibanking MD I emailed suggested I also try applying for F500 companies during the fall for some work experience. Now I'm cold emailing a huge list of MDs for an ibanking internship, but should I do the same process for a F500 company? I realize th ...

    4 comments12 Jul 2011 -

  57. Contact list for cold emailing

    Job Search Advice

    I'm currently an associate in Los Angeles and want to transition to an associate position in London. One of the ways I'm planning on going about my job search is cold emailing the London offices of the major banks. I could probably compile a lis ...

    4 comments1 Dec 2010 -

  58. Prop Trading- Cold Emailing

    Sales and Trading

    Hey WSOers, I am a senior at a nontarget school and have 0 trading connections. My dream has always been to have a Prop Trading job and have a pretty decent resume. I am starting my campaign of cold emailing just about every trading firm that fits my qual ...

    4 comments21 Sep 2010 -

  59. Cold E-mail Question

    Investment Banking

    I am writing a cold email to a firm (It's a networking contact somewhat) for a internship, and I am having trouble phrasing the closing line. "I understand you're a busy man, but I would like to meet with you to discuss the possibilities of ...

    4 comments30 Jul 2010 -

  60. I'm an incoming sophomore from a non target and I'm aiming to get an internship at a local regional Ib this coming summer. I'm planning to cold email/call my way in, but am not sure of when to start; I already aggregated a list of alumni th ...

    3 comments2 Nov 2015 -

  61. Hi everyone, I know this is an unusual question, but I need to ask: Is it OK to put your name only at the end of an introductory email? In other words, is it OK if I don't say something like "My name is..." at the beginning? I am asking thi ...

    3 comments6 May 2015 -

  62. Hey everyone, I am trying to prepare for FT recruiting for the next few months and I am trying to reach out to contacts via email to see if they would be available for a quick phone call to learn more about the firm and the culture since they won't b ...

    3 comments24 Aug 2014 -

  63. Experienced hire cold email

    Job Search Advice

    For someone who has been working in the industry for a couple years and looking to jump firms/buyside ASAP, would the best angle for cold emailing be asking for advice (about the industry/how they broke in/etc) or being more direct (stating experience and ...

    3 comments11 Jul 2013 -

  64. Hey, So there is a job opening I am interested in at a very large firm. The job is only available through their career website's form. I know which team the position is for, but unfortunately the team is 50+ people. How do i go about finding the righ ...

    3 comments24 Jun 2013 -

  65. Doesn't matter which company either- Is that just an outlook thing? It's all the same shade of blue too. Why Are Email Responses Blue? Up there with questions like "why is the sky blue" you may be wondering why all email responses are ...

    3 comments30 Jul 2012 -

  66. I am currently a second year with the ultimate goal of entering investment banking. I previously interned for a small PE fund, and will soon start interning for a boutique investment bank. I plan to start cold calling/emailing for a summer internship soon ...

    3 comments31 Jul 2012 -

  67. Cool Emailing (Not quite Cold)

    Job Search Advice

    I interviewed with a smallish consulting firm last year and I think I was pretty close to an offer, but withdrew because I wanted to try a year abroad, I see they're hiring again, and I have the contact information for the head recruiter, I'm wo ...

    3 comments22 Feb 2012 -

  68. I am trying to send emails to some banks through my school email which uses google mail (still in the format of [email protected]) but I am receiving the error "550 550 5.4.1 (state 14) access denied", which after searching google, tells me that I ...

    3 comments9 Jan 2012 -

  69. Email format at Morgan Keegan?

    Investment Banking

    Hey guys, I tried to look for answer, but I could not find it. What is the email format for Morgan Keegan? Is it [email protected]? Thank you in advance! i banking cold email Morgan Keegan Salary ...

    3 comments2 Jan 2012 -

  70. I reached out to a lot of bankers in the summer with a short and fairly broad email temple. Something along the line of: "I'm a X year student at X school and was interested in learning about your experience in investment banking. Would you be o ...

    2 comments8 Mar 2019 -

  71. I'm a sophomore and I cold emailed a MD at a lower middle market IB and included my phone number in the email. He called me on tuesday (3/14) at a time I wasn't able to pick up, and he left a message saying call him back. I called him back as so ...

    2 comments17 Mar 2017 -

  72. Did my cold email worked?

    Job Search Advice

    Hey monkeys, I just emailed a MD in a BB, which is my favorite one, introduced myself and attached my resume. Surprisingly he responded literally within a minute, but all he said is "thank you for your interest in XXXX(the BB), I'm copying this ...

    2 comments20 Nov 2014 -

  73. Generally, I have basically had my cover letter as my cold email and probably had about 25% respond back. My resume and GPA are not stellar by any means and I am a non target. My cover includes my info, background, why I am interested and a request to set ...

    2 comments13 Apr 2013 -

  74. I am trying to making a lateral and sent a cold email to an alum working at a competitor. I attached my resume and was pretty straightforward in my initial email. I never expected to hear back but he got back to me a week later saying that he has been rea ...

    2 comments11 Nov 2012 -

  75. I have two email templates for two scenarios that need critiquing. I'm still trying to get a banking related internship (have other opps as backups) for the summer and there are a few boutiques in my area that I feel I could reach out to. Scenario 1: ...

    1 comment14 May 2019 -

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    23 Feb 2016 -

  77. Return to Main FAQ Page Generally, cold-emailing works better than cold-calling for securing informational interviews. This is because a clear and concise email can be answered whenever the networking target has the time, whereas a cold-call at the wrong ...

    9 Aug 2011 -

  78. The controller at a PE firm I'm intesrested in has HR responsibilities listed in her bio and we have a common link by the same major. Should I cold email her for an internship or still go for the MD? cold email PE internship controller ...

    1 comment9 Oct 2017 -

  79. No Name Boutique's Summer 2018

    Investment Banking

    Good morning monkeys! I started building a list of firms in my area (50+ miles). My goal is it to network into a investment analyst position at a small firm by next summer. The problem is that the number of firms in my area is extremely small! So what hap ...

    1 comment4 Oct 2017 -

  80. February Graduate UK

    Job Search Advice

    I have looked through several of the forums regarding cold emailing to obtain an internship/analyst position. I have a slightly different position that I am hoping leverage. I took an accelerate two year degree programme in economics at a non target schoo ...

    24 Nov 2016 -

  81. Hey guys, what's the general consensus on "cold appearances" (for lack of a better word). I'm trying to get a summer internship before I go to grad school, and was thinking about showing up to boutiques in person and asking to speak wi ...

    1 comment15 Mar 2015 -

  82. A lot of these smaller boutiques mention internship opportunities, and if interested contact [email protected] Who should you be addressing in these emails? To whom it may concern seems a bit played out. Also- should I just send a quick background/I'm ...

    1 comment16 Sep 2014 -

  83. Not sure if this is the right forum, but does anyone know the email formats for Freddic Mac and/or Fannie Mae? Tried searching but I didn't come across it. I'm looking to email a couple alums. Much appreciated! email format cold email Salary ...

    1 comment14 Jul 2014 -

  84. I'm interested if anyone has any experience with contacting someone at a small boutique after submitting your resume to the [email protected] or whatever email. I am considering reaching out to an analyst or associate to let them know I submitted ...

    1 comment24 Feb 2013 -

  85. Cold Emailing AM vs. IB?

    Job Search Advice

    Is cold-emailing/calling small AM firms for internships not as feasible as cold-emailing boutique IBs? It seems like there's perhaps less grunt work to pass off to an analyst/intern than there is in IB so I thought they'd be less willing to take ...

    25 Jan 2013 -

  86. I cold emailed two separate people who both replied and were willing to help with finding jobs and what not. I replied to one saying I would be happy to provide any additional information and to the other giving him the information he was looking for. It& ...

    1 comment22 Mar 2012 -