Friday, August 21, 2009

Question from student: "Does a typo in my job application cover letter kill my chances?"

"Yes" and "no" according to the blog Sweet Hot Justice.  The bad news is that employers are detailed obsessed and thus a cover letter typo could be a deal-breaker.  The "good" news - if you can call it that - is that employers (at least competitive ones) only really care about your credentials and thus may ignore the cover letter altogether and instead focus solely on the resume.  Which is to say that if you're a Yale law grad with a Second Circuit clerkship applying to a NYC white-shoe firm, you've probably got little to worry about.  For the rest of us - in this economy?  - better use spell-check.

You can read the rest of the advice column here.  But be forewarned - it contains some randy language which some readers may find offensive.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)  

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2009/08/question-from-student-does-a-typo-in-my-job-application-cover-letter-kill-my-chances.html

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