A few thoughts on typos

If you proclaim yourself to be detail oriented and then proceed to send off a letter with a glaring typo, does it mean that you’re actually not?

This is a question that I’ve been asking myself for a few weeks now. Being on the hunt for employment is always a tough spot to be in and I’m dead in the thick of it.

It’s my understanding that employers want the best possible person for the job when considering eligible candidates. And why wouldn’t they? Of course you’d want someone on your team who’s competent and persistent and holds true to their word.

I know I’m all of these things. But I also know that I make mistakes, just like anyone.

I take a lot of pride in my work and strive to present the best iteration of who I am and what I can bring to the table as part of a professional team, yet I feel at the mercy of prospective employers now because of a mistake I recently discovered in many a sent curriculum vitae.

A simple mistake, but a mistake nonetheless.

It’s not okay to me, so why would it be okay to anyone else?

I’m sweating bullets. How could I overlook this?

My most recent debacle was sent to a startup company who are seeking a social media coordinator and wrote medium purely out of habit.

Carp. I mean, crap.

The worst part of this scenario is that I caught the typo and fixed it — but only in one place. I copied my cover letter from my document into the appropriate field in the application form and only corrected the error in said field and not the original text — resulting in the typo reappearing when I re-copied the letter after making a few other corrections. I didn’t notice until it was too late.

It’s my fault and I accept it but still, carp.

I’m a bit upset over it because I am meticulous about these things. I’m fearful that that ugly little typo could be the defining factor which may cause my potential employer to dismiss me because I’m detail-oriented but not detail-oriented enough.

Maybe I’ll luck out and it will be overlooked.

Mistakes happen all the time after. No one is perfect.

Maybe I’m being too hard on myself.

Maybe maybe maybe.

I have no clue. All I know is that the typo doesn’t define me and can only hope others don’t because of it.

Maybe I need to stop trying to define me.