Everyone makes mistakes, but making a mistake when you’re applying for a job really stings. To avoid making application mistakes, check over everything you plan to send, and then have someone else check everything – preferably that nerdy friend or family member who reads a lot (in my social group, I’m usually that nerdy friend).
Here are stories our members have shared about their own resume and application mistakes.
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“I was writing down personal references and accidentally put my phone number on all the references. And I misspelled the company’s name… Twice!”
Can I get your number?
“I forgot to put my phone number on it, and when I called to check on it the lady who was doing the interview said that there reason why she didn’t call me for a interview because I didn’t provide a contact number. At least the interview went well – I am now working for her!”
“I was helping my best friend review his application. When I tried to reach him at the professional email address he had included on his resume, I found an error that could have meant he never, ever got contacted by an employer: the font he used made the letters “I” and “L” look the same, and he had misspelled his own email address, even though it looked okay. That was a close call!”
Answering on autopilot
“I got used to the agree/disagree part of an application being in a certain order, and on one application they were swapped (disagree/agree). I noticed half way through, but I couldn’t go back to change it. You have to read every part of an application! It pays to read and pay attention, especially with the questionnaire parts of applications.”
“I accidentally wrote my mom’s first three numbers and the rest of my social security number. Since then, I can’t even try to get a job with that employer!”
History repeats itself
“I once emailed a resume without a cover letter on accident. I waited until the next day, sent a small apology and resent it…without the cover letter again! I immediately corrected the problem, typed out another apology and sent both resume and cover letter. Needless to say, I never even received a response - I don’t blame them. Oh well, lesson finally learned!”
You owe me big time
“I accidentally put my friends number on a app and he got hired instead of me!”
We all know everyone makes mistakes, but it’s hard not to beat yourself up over blowing a shot at a great job over a careless error. And it’s painful to be left wondering why you’re not hearing from employers, which is likely to happen when you don’t notice a mistake. Want to make sure you do your best to submit a great application? Check out these tips: