I remember at least a few of those as being pretty good years.
If you were halfway decent, you could have squeaked in the industry in more than a few of those years.
Revealing Your Ignorance: Even worse than just plain ignorance, the below quote was from an attached research report that this guy wrote.
Since he thought it was worth including, I assume the report was something he was proud of, but it was cringe-worthy."I am placing a STRONG BUY recommendation on [company].
I am writing to inquire about a possible in your office.
I am aware it is highly unusual for undergraduates from average universities like (BLOCKED) to intern at (BLOCKED), but nevertheless, I was hoping you might make an exception.
Please do not pin all of your circumstance on luck, especially in a cover letter.
Even if the reader is a big believer in luck, you're telling him you're unlucky. It seems the bad luck streak started in utero, if you ask me.
Just tell them what job you're applying for, who you've been in touch with at the firm, and maybe a few sentences about your qualifications and lock up the deal with a solid resume. I'm almost certain you would be a terrible employee just by the quality of the work you sent me in a cold email.
You graduated from college 10 years ago, by the way.