Student Sends The Worst Email Ever To A Recruiter, Goes Viral On Wall Street
We all have that one (or two, or three) message that we wish we could take back. But there aren’t many of us that can say we wish we could take it back from, well, everyone. One University of Wisconsin student just wanted some career and love advice, but what he got was a whole LOT more.
In an email — originally posted on Brobible — (whose name hasn’t been revealed—he should be thankful) sent to a female financial recruiter he met at the University accounting night, he gets just a tad bit too personal. And by “a tad bit,” we mean WAY too personal. From talking about his zit to asking about his potential love life in the finance world, he went all the way. Here is the email:
We talked a couple weeks back at the UW-Milwaukee accounting night. (I was the one looking for equity research positions and had a zit on my lip that could have passed for a cold sore. Lol. Whew. It was not. You’re probably like, “uh.. What?” Maybe that helps you recall, maybe not. Not completely important, I suppose.
Anyways, if you have a chance here is my question: (background first) I interviewed with BDO and Baker Tilly today, two firms that seem like good places to work, I believe they don’t kill you like a big 4. Tomorrow I have an interview with Deloitte :O somewhere I thought I’ve always wanted to work. Obviously I don’t have an offer so this is all hypothetical thinking, but if I get the job, the reality of the situation is that I’m getting old. 25. I know you can’t force love and I know it just comes when you’re not looking, but would working for a big four completely squash any possibilities for potential relationships if one came along? Is working for a big four a potential career – love trade off? I mean, I like money(as do most females) but love is…great What are your thoughts?
Sent from my iPhone
There are so many things wrong with this. I tried to think of ways to defend this poor person. Perhaps he experienced a close bond with this financial recruiter during said accounting night? But no—students never have sufficient time with recruiters to establish such a close relationship, as recruiters are also dealing with other students. On top of that, how informal is the “sent from my iPhone” signature at the bottom? All it would take to clear that up was a few backspaces. But what really bothers me MOST of all is that he didn’t close his parentheses in the first paragraph.
But he isn’t the only financial world screw-up. He’s also joined by Holly Leam-Taylor, who worked at Deloitte in the UK. The email the 22-year-old trainee sent to a handful of female colleagues, titled “Deloitte First-Year Analysts’ Christmas Awards,” asked the women to rate the men in the office based on nine different categories. The categories were:
- Fittest boy – looks
- Fittest boy – body
- Best-dressed boy
- Boy most likely to sleep his way to the top
- Best piece of gossip you’ve heard so far this year
- Most attractive ‘older’ member of staff
- Boy with the best personality
- Most hilarious/embarrassing moment a girl has had
- The official Deloitte Firstyear Analyst Girls’ ‘Man Of The Year’
Needless to say, the email went viral and within 24 hours, she resigned. “It’s a complete shock that one email could spread like this and who would think it could get so out of hand?” she told the Daily Mail. The email was read by millions within hours. People from all over the world were emailing her to tell her it made their day. “I also had loads of emails from men in the office nominating themselves for various categories and everyone thought it was hilarious,” she added. “But if I could take it back I would and I will be so, so careful about sending any emails in the future.”
At least the zit guy had his name redacted from the email. Hopefully it will be an important lesson for his future.
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