Certain scenarios give job candidates nightmares, such as missing a submission deadline for their dream job or completely bombing an interview answer. Another common scenario is sending in a resume only to discover after clicking “submit” that it contains an error. What do you do if this happens?
If it’s a small mistake
It is debatable. If the error is minor, such as an extra line break, the hiring manager may overlook it. You might be able to draw attention to something the manager was unaware of if you resend your resume with an explanation.
If it’s a big mistake
If you make a major error, such as misspelling the company name or making a typo in your phone number, you should address it immediately. It might even prevent you from being called in for an interview. So, try to get ahead of the game and resend your resume with an apology note.
If the hiring manager notices the error on your resume, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to persuade them otherwise by resubmitting it error-free. If they haven’t looked at your resume yet and haven’t received your new one, they may simply delete the old one. As a result, they’ll only see the new one.
If you do decide to resend your resume, make sure the email you send is professional. Instead of giving a long explanation, keep it short and sweet. Managers are often willing to give candidates a second chance because they understand that mistakes happen.
You could simply say something like:
“Please accept my apologies. I just realised I accidentally sent you my resume with an outdated phone number. Is it possible for me to send you my updated version? With the corrected number, I’ve attached my resume. Thank you very much.”
Proofread, proofread, proofread next time.
Make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice. If you submit a resume that contains an error, make sure to double-check your proofreading efforts for the next batch of resumes. You don’t want a single blunder to jeopardize your chances of landing a great job.
Better yet, have a trusted friend or family member go over it with you. They’ll be able to spot problems you might have overlooked, giving you peace of mind when it comes to sending in your resume the next time.