Re: Cover letter mistakes

Subject: Re: Cover letter mistakes
From: "Dana Worley" <dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2001 09:48:47 -0700

> 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

It may be AR to toss a person's resume because of typos, but the
bottom line is: The hiring company is looking for someone who will
represent it in a professional manner. As a technical writer, it is
part of your job to pay attention to details. If you can't create a two-
page resume without typos, the hiring company might have second
thoughts about whether you're the right person to create its end-
user documentation.

Yes, it is hard to catch each and every mistake on a document you
produce (you'll likely find problems in this email to verify that :).
You know what it is *supposed* to say, and many times you read
what's missing or in error into the document. But, it's also not
unreasonable to ask someone else to look over your document --
especially if that document is a representation of your skills.

Back to the original question -- I, too, would send a follow up noting
there was a mistake in the cover letter. At least the hiring company
knows that you did catch the mistake eventually.

Dana W

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