The US website Career Realism is running a twitter advice project where people tweet their career questions and career experts have a crack at answering them. A recent one was what to do if you misspell the name of the hiring manager on a cover letter.
I shouldn’t be writing this, given I help people write cover letters and resumes but I’m mortified to say I have done this myself. It was in an email to an editor where I claimed some amazing creative writing skills and asked for some freelancing opportunities. Trouble was I spelled the editor’s name creatively.
I sat there red faced for a half a minute and decided the only thing to do was to point it out. So I wrote:
“How embarrassing!! Sorry for the creative spelling of your name. And I claim to be a writer too! But either way I spell it I would love the opportunity to freelance for you.”
She laughed. I didn’t get an opportunity, but I did get a decent answer. Ironically I don’t think she would have replied to the first email even if I had spelled her name correctly.