Re: Cover letter mistakes

Subject: Re: Cover letter mistakes
From: "Lisa Wright" <liwright -at- qwest -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 18:30:42 -0700

I'm thinking that whether you should send a follow-up depends on what
you think might be happening on the other end. Did you send the e-mail
directly to a person? If so, do as the others suggested and send a
polite note along with the corrected resume. After all, people
frequently hit the Send button before they intend to. If it's one of the
big boards or the company uses Resumix or some similar automated
process, I believe you can re-post, so you could overwrite the boo-boo.

I know people get all twitter-pated about this, but in spite of all the
anal-retentives who say they toss a writer's resume because it's had
typos (and I'm almost positive I had that happen to me at least once),
I've still gotten job offers from every company I've actually
interviewed with in spite of mistakes (and I've never been hurting for
interviews). Once I had a typo on the year for a job, and the other time
I had managed to do anti-technical writing and came up with some silly
phrase for what really should have been the word "diagram."

In both cases, I think my attitude when questioned probably saved the
day. Was I embarrassed? Of course. I'm supposed to be a professional
word smith. But I readily admitted I'd made a mistake and we moved on.
On the other hand, those mistakes may not fall into the same category as
a spelling error?

Who knows.

Lisa Wright
Technical Writer
PeakEffects

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