Banking Cover Letter Viral Videos

A talented young singer on the hunt for a job decided to put her side-gig skills to good use - and in turn gained herself some online fame.

Page Kemna, 24, of Denver is on her way to exciting new job opportunities after her creative singing cover letter, entitled 'Hire Me', gained hundreds of thousands of views on LinkedIn.

'Feeling down about the job search? Me too,' Page wrote in the caption for the clip. 'All I have been doing lately is tweaking my resumes and cover letters for employers that probably won't even glance at them for more than like 30 seconds. And trust me, I totally get it.'

Singing her way to employment: Page Kemna, from Denver, has gone viral with her singing cover letter

The clip, which sees Page run through her list of skills to a catchy tune, has been viewed more than 800,000 times on LinkedIn

She continued: 'Resumes can be remarkably dull. But, I am not. So, let me liven things up just a little bit.'

The video begins with Page looking interview-ready in a blue suit and blouse sitting down in front of a keyboard, directing her attention at the camera.

'Hi, my name is Page. I just want to thank you so much for considering me for this interview,' she says, pausing for effect.

'But I'm going to take the reins on this one because interviews are boring and resumes are boring and this is fun - even though my resume is super impressive,' she adds before whispering: 'It's not that impressive.'

At that point the young lady launches into song, singing: 'I have this crazy idea. Just let me know if you agree that this song is a stretch but I'm kind of a catch and there's something in me you might see. Something that benefits your company.' 

With her impressive pipes, she goes on to poke fun at companies who promise to 'get right back to you,' and insists that she 'isn't done trying' to make companies consider her because 'persistence is my specialty.'

Page, whose LinkedIn says she is currently a Design Associate at West Elm, claims that she will 'go the extra mile', has 'leadership skills' and is 'hungry for a challenge', before she asks: 'What are you waiting for? Hire me!'

Other talents: Page, whose LinkedIn page says she is a Design Associate at West Elm, is an avid singer and multi-instrumentalist

Top to bottom: She pokes fun at companies who promise to 'get right back to you,' adding that she won't give up since 'persistence is my specialty'

Lovely voice: She touts her method as 'an opportunity to show someone who you are'

'I know this strategy might seem a bit bizarre, but what an opportunity to show someone who you are,' she says. 

For her 'grand finale', Page looks into the camera and sings: 'I hope you enjoy, or better yet employ, this girl and her strong but silly theme. Thank you and I hope you consider me.'

The video has been viewed a whopping 800,000 times on LinkedIn, and attracted more than 1,400 comments, with Page revealing to that, while she hasn't landed on the perfect job just yet, she has had 'lots of cool opportunities' as a result of the video, and is now busy 'sifting through them'. 

But it may not be in the career field she had originally intended; indeed dozens of people suggested that Page's talents would be wasted on a 'corporate 9 to 5', insisting that she should pursue a career in the music and entertainment industry instead.

'Great voice, [make] more videos!' one person requested, before suggesting she should 'join Broadway'.

Others hastened to actually offer her a job, with one man writing: 'I own 3 businesses and I've got to say that your resume is on the top of my pile. You've got creativity and style.'

Looking ahead: Page has since claimed that she has already received a number of interesting job offers

Up for debate: Some professionals on LinkedIn loved her strategy, while others thought it was less than professional

Another prospective employer chimed in: 'I think this is brilliant. The amount of work that goes in to even writing a song, let alone nailing it in one sitting, should show an employer someone who is not only creative, but focused and able to execute. Hired.'

Others simply offered up their support, sharing positive thoughts with Page and wishing her luck in her continued search. 

'That was genius! I wish my company was bigger, because I'd roll the dice on you,' one person commented on Page's video. 

'Best of luck in your future endeavors! You should document your journey through video. I'm sure there are others just like you out there that will find inspiration in what you're doing!'

However some recruitment professionals and career consultants flocked to the comments section to offer their opinions about whether unemployed people should have to go to such extreme lengths in order to be in with a chance of getting an interview.

'Candidates should not have to resort to extra "tap and dance" routines to get noticed,' wrote one professional, while another countered: 'I suspect that many people will give you a lot of credit for being creative and putting yourself out there.'

That certainly does seem to be the case as Page later provided an update in the comments on YouTube - and one in another song -  saying that she has 'lots of cool opportunities I get to sift through now.' 

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NYU student's bragging cover letter to JP Morgan goes viral

New York - A junior at NYU hoping for a summer position at J.P. Morgan sent in a resume and a cover letter filled with details of his super-human accomplishments in quaint bombast, and a single bizarre boast that is making many bank officials chuckle.

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(See full text of the cover letter below) The cover letter in which the junior brags, "I managed to bench[-press] double my body-weight and do 35 pull-ups," has gone viral in investment banking circles and online. At a point in the letter, "tone-deaf" Mark, suspecting he might be trying too hard to impress, said: "Please realize that I am not a braggart or conceited, I just want to outline my usefulness. Egos can be a huge liability, and I try not to have one." According to, Mark's letter has been read by every investment banker on Wall Street — at Merill Lynch, BNY Mellon, Barclays...with comments appended piling up as it goes viral. Everyone has a good word for Mark's creativity: "..not sure if you've seen this yet, but it has been bouncing all over the street today... kid is a total legend." Another comment : "This is sensational. This guy has already interviewed everywhere and has been nowhere." A third: "...please enjoy. someone find him on facebook (although at this point, he probably deleted it). be sure to scroll through the list of companies that this has been through in 5 days. this kid is never getting a job." called Mark and found that he already knew that his letter had earned him fame. When he was asked whether he had got a job at J.P. Morgan, he laughed and said: "No, not at all. Didn't you see my letter?" Outdoing Aleskey Vayner? This is not the first time a cover letter has made its writer viral laughingstock. New York News and Features notes that bragging cover letters sent by job seekers to Wall Street institutions are "classic genre online." Hypervocal recalls the herculean effort by Yale University student Aleksey Vayner, who applied for a job at UBS AG with a video resume titled "Impossible is Nothing." The video became a viral phenomenon (see video above). But is Wall Street being fair on Mark? A reader commenting on Business Insider strongly criticizes J.P. Morgan for spreading Mark's letter. The comment said: "There was a day when no firm, especially GS would let this letter get out of the company. It proves, that even at these mega-firms, and at a supposedly top notch consulting firm, there is no security or ethics regarding privacy or proprietary information. More evidence of the breakdown in so many mores on Wall Street." also wonders why everyone is having a good laugh at poor Mark's expense, saying: "Even though Mark seems to have brought this on himself, is it really that ridiculous in a culture that celebrates masculinity and strong will? Sure it’s laughable, but is it enough to blackball the guy?" Full text of Mark's cover letter:1/23/2012 J.P. Morgan Dear Sir or Madame: I am an ambitious undergraduate at NYU triple majoring in Mathematics, Economics, and Computer Science. I am a punctual, personable, and shrewd individual, yet I have a quality which I pride myself on more than any of these. I am unequivocally the most unflaggingly hard worker I know, and I love self-improvement. I have always felt that my time should be spent wisely, so I continuously challenge myself; I left Villanova because the work was too easy. Once I realized I could achieve a perfect GPA while holding a part-time job at NYU, I decided to redouble my effort by placing out of two classes, taking two honors classes, and holding two part-time jobs. That semester I achieved a 3.93, and in the same time I managed to bench double my bodyweight and do 35 pull-ups. I say these things only because solid evidence is more convincing than unverifiable statements, and I want to demonstrate that I am a hard worker. J.P. Morgan is a firm with a reputation that precedes itself and employees who represent only the best and rightest in finance. I know that the employees in this firm will push me to excellence, especially within the Investment Banking division. In fact, one of the supporting reasons I chose Investment Banking over any other division was that I know it is difficult. I hope to augment my character by diligently working for the professionals at Morgan Stanley, and I feel I have much to offer in return. I am proficient in several programming languages, and I can pick up a new one very quickly. For instance, I learned a years worth of Java from NYU in 27 days on my own; this is how I placed out of two including: Money and Banking, Analysis, Game Theory, Probability and Statistics. Even further, I am taking Machine Learning and Probabilistic Graphical Modeling currently, two programming courses offered by Stanford, so that I may truly offer the most if I am accepted. I am proficient with Bloomberg terminals, excellent with excel, and can perform basic office functions with terrifying efficiency. I have plenty of experience in the professional world through my internship at Merrill Lynch, and my research assistant position at NYU. In fact, my most recent employer has found me so useful that he promoted me to a Research Assistant and an official CTED intern. This role is usually reserved for Masters students, but my employer gave the title to me so that he could give me more work. Please realize that I am not a braggart or conceited, I just want to outline my usefulness. Egos can be a huge liability, and I try not to have one. Thank you so much for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you. Best, Mark
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