So you emailed your perfect cover letter and then noticed an error… You’ll have to act fast. Send out a letter explaining your mistake, plus an updated version of the document.
While some recruiters might disregard a minor typo, others would reject the letter immediately. If the error is more crucial (like misspelling the hiring manager’s name), the success rate will drop drastically. It’s no surprise that “Proofread!” is a typical step in any guide explaining how to write a cover letter.
Here’s what you should do if you notice a typo in your cover letter after sending it:
- Breathe. Humans make mistakes.
- Draft a new email apologizing for your oversight, and mention that it has been corrected.
- Send out a modified version of your cover letter. This time, use spell check or a trusted online cover letter builder that will highlight the weak spots.
- Call the hiring person if you’ve been in touch via phone as an alternative. Say you’ll send the revised version ASAP.
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