A reader writes:
I just made the worst mistake ever and I feel so sick about it. I found a job that I really want. I spent two days drafting my cover letter and adjusting my resume for this position. The directions on the job posting were the send your resume directly to the president (its a small non-profit) so I wrote a short little email attached my letter and resume and then hit send.
Once I hit that send button, I saw a typo. I guess in my excitement to get my resume sent, I re-read the email too fast. So unlike me. When I saw the typo it seriously took my breath away. I frantically looked for a cancel button, but there isn't one. So I fixed the typo and re-sent the email a minute later. If someone sent you an email with a typo, and then re-sent it with the typos fixed, what would you do?
I know I just wrote about how little things matter in job searching, but honestly, do not feel sick over this!
Everyone makes a typo now and then. Your letter wasn't littered with them; it was one typo -- and then you corrected it. Now, some may say that the correction is overkill, but I would actually be a little bit charmed by your instant correction: Hiring managers are human, and we've all had that sickening feeling of realizing one second too late that we made a mistake on something. You spotted it, and you corrected it. Good -- that's what we want employees to do. (Personally, I don't mind a little proofreading neurosis. Okay, I love it.)
And what you did is also exactly what I recommended in the post on why little things matter: acknowledging the error, showing that you care, and indicating that it's out of character for you.