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Investment Banking Cover Letter

Follow our guide and download our real investment banking cover letter template for an Analyst or Associate level position

Proofreading your investment banking cover letter

Be absolutely sure your cover letter is free of any spelling or grammatical errors. Having such a careless error could result in an automatic disqualification – as it indicates carelessness, not a desirable trait for an investment banker. Investment banking requires extraordinary attention to detail. If your cover letter or resume contain any errors, that just gives the hiring manager an easy excuse to move on to the next candidate. If you have time, have someone else proofread your cover letter as well. It’s sometimes hard to spot your own typos.

Interview prep

Once you land a first round interview at the bank, be sure to check out our investment banking interview guide. This guide is based on a real interview used at a bulge bracket bank to hire new analysts and associates. For additional practice, you may want to look at our equity research interview questions as well. The key to successful investment banking interviews is good preparation and practice.

More career resources

Thank you for reading CFI’s guide to writing your investment banking cover letter. Please be sure to download our free template and see our additional  (free!) resources below to help you land a job in IB:
  • Investment banking resume
  • Investment banking vs equity research
  • Interactive career map
  • Guide to financial modeling

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