I'm an idiot episode 672: how to handle a cover letter mistake
February 19, 2013 5:27 AM Subscribe
I applied for a job in my field recently at company B and just noticed that I left in a sentence from a previous application in my cover letter that mentions the name of the company I'd previously applied to (company A). Whoops. I'm in a fairly small field and company A is one that people have mixed feelings about mainly because they have lots and lots of money and publicity.
Should I drop the company I'm currently applying to an email acknowledging my error or not? If I do, any suggestions on how to phrase it other than "I'm an idiot, please forgive me.)
posted by sciencegeek to Work & Money (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This is a fairly small field and people know one another. So far as I know, applying for multiple positions in the same field is common and expected - but screwing up a cut and paste is still pretty obnoxious on my part. Company A is well known and not much liked by the people at Company B and in fact the person who knows me at Company B really really dislikes Company A. Unfortunately, I don't know the guy at Company B well enough to contact him directly. Is there a gracious way to acknowledge my stupidity? Or should I just bang my head into the wall a couple of times and hope that Company B will just laugh at me a bit and still consider my application?
And yes, I know I should have checked this. Please try to avoid telling me what an idiot I am. I am already aware of that.