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Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:28 am

I used "an" where I should have used "a." It was near the end of the letter. Chances that it's noticed?

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby dowu » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:41 am

Anonymous User wrote:I used "an" where I should have used "a." It was near the end of the letter. Chances that it's noticed?

Unquantifiable

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby hephaestus » Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:01 am

I doubt this is a huge mistake many people will notice.

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby Leaborb192 » Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:22 am

Anonymous User wrote:I used "an" where I should have used "a." It was near the end of the letter. Chances that it's noticed?



What was the sentence that it was misused in?

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby cinephile » Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:34 am

Not the dumbest typo. You didn't misspell the name of the firm, or worse, name the wrong firm. It's probably fine, but even if it's not, worrying about it won't change anything.

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby kalvano » Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:59 am

Absolutely no one can answer your question. Whether it matters or not entirely depends on who is reading it.

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby frankc » Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:59 am

You should probably drop out, this is a fatal error.

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby Old Gregg » Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:25 am

OP just wanted re-assurance, folks. He knows the answer.

It's a big deal.

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby MVPson » Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:29 am

give me a brek dude. it's a typo.

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:47 am

Anecdotal - but I received cbs at firms I had typos in my cls for.

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:59 am

cinephile wrote:Not the dumbest typo. You didn't misspell the name of the firm, or worse, name the wrong firm. It's probably fine, but even if it's not, worrying about it won't change anything.


Yea, I did that once or twice in mass-mailing—much, much worse.

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby bjsesq » Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:09 pm

1. Break down your letter into line counts
2. Write a follow up letter apologizing for an "unforgivable mistake"
3. Reference the line where the mistake was made.
4. Explain, in detail, why this was grammatically incorrect.
5. Discuss how such a mistake has darkened your future, using Kierkegaardian prose.
6. Pledge your fealty to the firm, and prostrate yourself at the steps of their central office.

This is really your only chance at undoing such a careless gaffe.

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:27 pm

OP here. Thanks all. I asked because career services at my school says 9/10 cover letters are never read. But career services gives a lot of bad info. So I'm just going to assume I'm fucked.
bjsesq wrote:1. Break down your letter into line counts
2. Write a follow up letter apologizing for an "unforgivable mistake"
3. Reference the line where the mistake was made.
4. Explain, in detail, why this was grammatically incorrect.
5. Discuss how such a mistake has darkened your future, using Kierkegaardian prose.
6. Pledge your fealty to the firm, and prostrate yourself at the steps of their central office.

This is really your only chance at undoing such a careless gaffe.

I can't tell if the joke is that I'm over or under-appreciating the gravity of my error.

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby Leaborb192 » Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:30 pm

Anonymous User wrote:OP here. Thanks all. I asked because career services at my school says 9/10 cover letters are never read. But career services gives a lot of bad info. So I'm just going to assume I'm fucked.
bjsesq wrote:1. Break down your letter into line counts
2. Write a follow up letter apologizing for an "unforgivable mistake"
3. Reference the line where the mistake was made.
4. Explain, in detail, why this was grammatically incorrect.
5. Discuss how such a mistake has darkened your future, using Kierkegaardian prose.
6. Pledge your fealty to the firm, and prostrate yourself at the steps of their central office.

This is really your only chance at undoing such a careless gaffe.

I can't tell if the joke is that I'm over or under-appreciating the gravity of my error.


He's serious, obviously. A/n mistakes cause wars! WARS!

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:11 pm

(1) I had this exact mistake in multiple clerkship cover letters, in the very first sentence. The only interviews (and offers) I received were from judges (all S/EDNY) to whom I sent the letter with the typo.

(2) A friend got a 1L summer gig with a competitive USAO's office despite writing "United State's Attorneys Office" in the first sentence.

So, potentially irrelevant.

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby bjsesq » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:13 pm

Anonymous User wrote:OP here. Thanks all. I asked because career services at my school says 9/10 cover letters are never read. But career services gives a lot of bad info. So I'm just going to assume I'm fucked.
bjsesq wrote:1. Break down your letter into line counts
2. Write a follow up letter apologizing for an "unforgivable mistake"
3. Reference the line where the mistake was made.
4. Explain, in detail, why this was grammatically incorrect.
5. Discuss how such a mistake has darkened your future, using Kierkegaardian prose.
6. Pledge your fealty to the firm, and prostrate yourself at the steps of their central office.

This is really your only chance at undoing such a careless gaffe.

I can't tell if the joke is that I'm over or under-appreciating the gravity of my error.


The fact that you don't recognize clear sarcasm means you are too far gone for any of what we say to assuage your over-the-top terror.

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby ericsmith249 » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:20 pm

RETAKE

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:09 pm

The whole letter probably wouldn't be read.

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Re: Dumbest Cover Letter Typo Ever

Postby Devlin » Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:49 pm

bjsesq wrote:1. Break down your letter into line counts
2. Write a follow up letter apologizing for an "unforgivable mistake"
3. Reference the line where the mistake was made.
4. Explain, in detail, why this was grammatically incorrect.
5. Discuss how such a mistake has darkened your future, using Kierkegaardian prose.
6. Pledge your fealty to the firm, and prostrate yourself at the steps of their central office.

This is really your only chance at undoing such a careless gaffe.

TCR




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