Should you resend your resume if you notice a mistake?
It’s every job seeker’s worst nightmare. Sending in an application for your dream job and then realising that instead of attaching your CV you included a picture of renowned actor and treasure-hunting enthusiast Nicolas Cage. Well, okay – maybe you’re not too worried about that exact situation. However, the idea of making a mistake and having to fix it is. If you do make a mistake, should you resend your resume. Is it even worth it?
DO EMPLOYERS EVEN CARE IF YOU RESEND YOUR RESUME?
Well that depends on the Hiring Manager. Like you, they’re an individual with their own likes and dislikes. However, the game of whether to resend your resume requires you to weigh the pros and cons.
- Give the hiring manager your best quality resume and cover letter
- Fix any mistakes that might make it hard for them to contact you
- Shows the employer that you are responsible for your mistakes and diligent in fixing them up
- Draw a lot of attention to something that the hiring manager might not have even noticed in the first place
- Create more work for the hiring manager who has to re-read your resume
- The bigger the problem, the more likely it is that you will need to resend your resume if you still want to get the job. If you’re not sure about the size of your individual problem then you might find the next part helpful.
WHOOPS… I JUST NOTICED I MADE A SMALL MISTAKE
Working out if you should resend your resume after making a small mistake can be tricky. On one hand you want to make sure that the hiring manager gets your best possible version of your application. On the other, you don’t necessarily want to draw their attention to something that they might not have even noticed otherwise.
Something small like bullet points that aren’t aligned or an extra line break after a heading are probably too small to worry about. If you can catch them before you sent your application by all means take the 30 seconds to fix it. Otherwise just let it go.
If you realise that you’ve included a typo or grammar error then you have to work out how important it is. A typo in the company name or in your job history is probably more important than accidentally typing htat instead of that.
However, not all typos and spelling errors are the same. Don’t bet on the hiring manager not noticing that you misspelled their business’ name. Fix that straight away and double check any other times you might have used the company name.
- Typing errors in your cover letter or body of your resume
- Formatting errors or inconsistencies
YIKES! IT’S ACTUALLY A BIG MISTAKE…
A big mistake is something that could actually get in the way of you getting the job. While a typo might turn off a hiring manager, it also might go unnoticed. If you have accidentally given them the wrong phone number they won’t be able to contact you.
If you make a big mistake when applying for a job, the best thing you can do is get ahead of it. You want to make sure that you apologise and send through the right version as quickly as possible.
The longer you wait to send through a correction, the greater the chance that someone will look at your “old resume” and take it as the real one. If you do send it after this point you can still change the employer’s mind but it’s harder to sell yourself when they have already made a decision on your application.
- Using your old contact details
- Forgetting to include an extra section
HELP! I’VE MADE A HUGE MISTAKE!
Nothing will your damage your application quicker than making a huge mistake. Simply, they blow your chances of making a good first impression to smithereens. They’re something that you are almost impossible to recover from like including a NSFW link instead of your email address.
Huge mistakes go much further than simply asking yourself whether or not to resend your resume. Instead you need to ask yourself: How badly do I want this job?
That’s because you will need to speak to the employer and explain to them how something like that managed to happen and how you can still be a good employee.
If you don’t really need the job or if you don’t desperately want it – WALK AWAY.
Sure, it might be a little unprofessional to make such a glaring mistake and do nothing about it but that’s okay. There are enough jobs out there that will unfortunately end with you not hearing anything back even when you make a perfect application. Don’t waste your time worrying about this one after you’ve got off to such a terrible start.
- Sending a cover letter that was addressed to a different employer
- Using an application where you bad-mouthed the employer as a joke
HOW TO RESEND YOUR RESUME
If you do decide that your mistake requires you to resend your resume to an employer, it’s important that you go about it the right way.
That means acting professionally and treating the employer with respect. Asking for permission to resend your resume if a good idea. Also avoid lengthy excuses – they make you look like you can’t stand up for your mistakes.
All you need to say is “Sorry, I accidentally sent an old version of my resume. Would I be able to send you a more updated version? Please see my most recent resume attached.”
LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES
Some mistakes aren’t obvious ones or quick fix ones. They are harder to spot unless you know what to look for but can still damage your chances. One of those mistakes in giving in a zombie resume – this is when your application fails to make you stand out from the crowd. There is simply so many clichés and buzzwords that you look like a mindless monster – not a hardworking potential employee!
If you realise that you’ve made a mistake like that don’t resend your resume. You need to rethink your resume and cover letter and write about yourself in a totally different way. By all means apply with the same company next time around but use this opportunity to learn from your mistake and write a better resume next time.
BE PREPARED FOR WHATEVER HAPPENS
When you choose to resend your resume you are trying to make a better impression on the employer. It’s important that you realise that this second chance might not be that successful. It’s also worthwhile to keep in mind that you definitely won’t get a third bite of the apple.
When you do resend your resume, make sure to apologise for whatever mistake you made, avoid giving excuses, and make sure your resume is a well-proofread version. Whatever you did – especially if the mistake is really that bad – you need to prepare yourself to not get this particular job.
EVERYBODY MAKES MISTAKES
People make mistakes all the time. While it can be frustrating making them when applying for jobs, people make big mistakes long after they’ve been hired. Just because you stumbled a bit at the start, there is no reason why you can’t get the job. In fact, the way that you handle your mistake could be enough to make a great impression on the hiring manager.
If you do get through to the next stage however – an interview in person, or over the phone or computer – you should be prepared to answer some questions about how your particular mistake happened.
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SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
2022 Summer Youth Employment Program
Youth ages of 14 - 20 (depending on the day and month of your 21st birthday) may register for the 2022 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Registration will begin Monday, November 1, 2021 through Thursday, March 31, 2022. Registrants must email the following information to [email protected]:
- First & Last Name (if you have two last names you must use both names when registering)
- Address (include apartment number)
- City, State, and Zip Code
- Phone Number
- Date of Birth
- Email Address
The registration process does not secure a position in the Summer Youth Employment Program. The registration creates a lottery list for potential employment. Multiple emails will not enhance your chance of being selected (one email per person).
If selected, via lottery, you will receive a phone call, text message or email to complete the application process. The application process will be by appointment only. Applicant’s family must meet income guidelines to participate in the program.
Please note that it is your responsibility to update any change of address, email and/or phone number.
Required Documents and Information
Lottery selected applicants must submit the following documents to complete the application process, no exceptions:
- Social Security Card;
- TANF Application attesting to Parent Income (will receive during application process;
- New York State Identification Card from the Department of Motor Vehicles (MANDATORY);
- Third or fourth marking period report card (if attending high school); and
- Working Certificate/Papers (Requirement: if under the age of 18 you can obtain the working certificate/papers from the Yonkers Board of Education at One Larkin Plaza or online by presenting the following documents);
- Application for Working Certificate/Papers must be completed by parent/guardian
- Social Security Card, Passport, Valid Birth Certificate, School ID or New York State Non-Driver’s License
- Physical Exam from Primary Care Physician (PCP) within 12 month
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Advice On Finding A Summer Job
by Faze Staff
It would be great to spend the entire summer sleeping in, hanging out with friends, and binging your favourite TV series. Unfortunately, if you are like most students that’s not an option. Summer means a summer job. Whether saving for school, a new car, spending money or because your parents are making you get off your butt—more than likely—you’ll be hitting the pavement looking for decent summer employment.
Looking for a summer job is easy; however, securing one is not. The internet is full of job opportunities. You could easily spend all summer sorting through job listings without ever finding anything of interest. Your chances of finding a job you’re interested in doing is low, and if you’re lucky enough to find something you like, your chances of getting that job are even worse.
You may have some luck on the big job search websites like Workopolis or the HRDC Job Bank but there are thousands and thousands of people looking through these websites daily. And although they have thousands of jobs posted most of them are not geared towards students.
What other options are available? Before you decide where best to look, there are a few steps you need to take to prepare yourself for finding a job. Obviously, the first thing you need is a good resume, so the more work you’re willing to put into your resume, the better the pay off. If you want suggestions on resume writing you can check out The Damn Good Resume Guide for samples, tips, and answers to tough questions.
The second step is deciding what kind of job you want. Do you want to work in hospitality, an office, retail, or recreation? If you’re having trouble figuring it out, consider your interests. If you like working with people, perhaps you would enjoy sales or hospitality. If you’re interested in fitness or the outdoors, try recreation. Getting your foot in the door is a great way to network with people and learn more about your field of interest.
Now you have your resume and you know what you want to do. Where to look? The third step to finding a summer job is research, which presents a number of challenges. Let’s assume that you have tried the internet without any luck. Despite the fact that the majority of us turn to the internet when we’re hunting for work, only 20 percent of available jobs are advertised. That means 80 percent of jobs are not advertised . The best way to tap into this market is through research. Find a company in the field you’re interested in, track down the name of a contact person, along with their email and phone number and send them your resume. It’s always better to address your cover letter and resume directly to a person versus, “To Whom It May Concern.” A good place to start is Student Jobs: The Canadian Career Directory, which lists hundreds of employers throughout Canada, including the qualifications they look for, contact information, and whether or not they hire summer students.
If you’re not quite ready for cold calling or need help finding a job, there are places that search out summer jobs for you. The Human Resource Centre of Canada for Students (HRCC-S) runs the Hire a Student Program, which provides summer jobs for students of all ages, one-on-one employment counselling, volunteer opportunities, information on government programs, and much more. For the location nearest to you, visit the Human Resource Development Canada website.
If you know what you want to do and you have a good resume, then go for that summer position that will allow you to gather some experience! Keep in mind your summer job does not have to be directly related to your career aspirations. Many of the skills you acquire through a summer job are transferable to other areas. Trying a variety of summer jobs will give you valuable experience and may even help you figure out what you want to do in your future career.
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How Long Do Seasonal Jobs Last?
Job Seekers Guide
First off, if you haven’t already, you may want to check out our blog post: “What is a Seasonal Job”. Once you know what they are, the next question usually is – how long is a season? Short answer is: it varies depending on the employer, the location, and the time of year. Let’s break it down.
When it comes to seasonal jobs, there are two main seasons – summer and winter. And within both of those there are short, typical and long seasons.
Summer Seasonal Jobs
A long summer season – at its longest – can start sometime in the early spring, April, and run all the way through October. Mackinac Island, MI employers and most National Park employers, for example, have that long of a season. A long summer season, generally speaking, would be 5 months or more.
A typical summer season generally runs from mid-May through mid- to end of September. This is common for many of the Guest Ranch jobs as well as a lot of the Alaska employers, whose operating seasons tend to coincide with the summer cruise ship season.
It’s important to note, if you’re a university student, there are many summer seasonal employers who will offer you a work contract from when you’ve finished spring semester till when you need to return for fall semester. That, of course, varies depending on the university, but is typically a mid- to late May start and an early to mid-August departure.
A short summer season can be found with a Summer Camp job, and also in the form of a late summer or early fall position. Employers with longer summer seasons will often do a second round of hiring starting sometime in July for a mid-August start till the end of their season, typically mid-October. So this can be anywhere from 6 – 10 weeks.
Winter Seasonal Jobs
Moving on to winter, a long winter season can be from mid-October till the end of April. Southwest guest ranches often have operating seasons of this length.
A standard winter season for ski resorts and satellite businesses in ski resort towns generally run mid-December till about the beginning of April.
As far as a short winter season, some ski resorts will hire extra help to get them through the holiday crunch period, but most will want you to stick around through at least of President’s Day weekend, as this is often their busiest weekend of the year.
Short winter and summer seasons also happen from employee attrition – employees leaving in the middle of their work contract for one reason or another. So if it’s the middle of a season, and you think it’s too late to make the leap into a seasonal job, it’s not! And working a short season is a great way to test the waters of the seasonal work world as well as getting to experience some amazing places.
Lastly, there are the shoulder seasons – the in-between seasons of spring and fall. There are some employers who actually have a spring and/or fall season, like retreats and conference centers. But traditionally in the seasonal work world, the shoulder seasons are the time to hit the road with the cash you’ve saved. And it’s a great opportunity to volunteer for some of the causes your most passionate about.
So, with all that said, there’s pretty much the perfect season for you. It’s always a good time to find a seasonal job! One final tip, when you do find that perfect employer and season dates and sign your work contract, make sure and live up to your commitment and finish your season. It’s always good to end any endeavor on a high note!
With the return of many on-campus activities, most jobs will be in-person. For inquiries about the Work-Study program please contact us.
Looking for a job on campus? Many areas of the university need students throughout the year on a full- and part-time basis. It's a great, flexible way to gain valuable work experience and complement your studies.
1. Check out the Work-Study Program
2. Reach out to alumni
- Alumni Advancement and Alumni Relations needs help from current students throughout the year for fundraising campaigns and events.
- To work at the Annual Giving Call Centre, send your CV and cover letter by email to [email protected]
- To work at Alumni events, you can apply by sending your CV and cover letter by email to [email protected]
3. Join the athletics team
- Athletics & Recreation hires referees, scorekeepers, timekeepers, ticket sellers and more.
- Fill out an application form and send your CV to [email protected]
4. Check out the Concordia Student Union (CSU)
5. Solve front-line IT and AV problems at IITS
- Working at Instructional and Information Technology services (IITS) gives you real-world A/V, IT and customer support work experience.
- Work at the Service Centres helping to support multimedia classrooms and provide on-site Audio-Visual support for live events.
- Work at the Service Desk providing front-line IT support.
- Casual positions (non-contract), if available, are posted on HoJo or CAPS.
- Full-time positions (permanent), if available, are posted on the Human Resources website.
6. Invigilate an exam
7. Greet newcomers at the Welcome Centre
- Show Concordia in its best light: become a Campus Tour Guide! Positions are posted on HoJo.
8. Apply to a company on campus
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Manitoba pledges $25M for youth summer employment opportunities
The Manitoba government says it will spend more than $25 million in an effort to help create job opportunities for young people this summer.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says $15 million will be used to give employers a 50 per cent subsidy on wages paid to eligible employees working between May and September this year, with a maximum pay out of $25,000 per business.
He said the initiative, called the Manitoba Youth Jobs Program, is expected to support more than 2,000 Manitoba employers and provide job opportunities for more than 6,000 young people looking for work.
The remaining $10 promised Thursday will go to Green Team grant programs to help an estimated 2,000 young people find summer employment, Pallister added.
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The money for Green Team programming includes $9 million for the Urban and Hometown Green Team Program and more than $1 million for the Manitoba Parks Green Team, according to a release from the province.
The Urban and Hometown Green Team Programs allow communities to hire youth aged 15-29 to work on community projects between May 1 and Sept. 30. Under the program non-profit organizations can apply to receive 100 per cent of wage costs and $250 per position hired.
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Municipal governments in rural Manitoba receive 50 per cent of wage costs and $125 per position, through the program.
Last summer the province launched an online tool, called Student Jobs MB, to help businesses and students connect for summer employment.
The site complemented the province’s 2020 youth summer jobs programs, which provided businesses with a $7/hour subsidy to hire up to five summer students.
The new money promised maintains 2020 funding levels, which were doubled over 2019 numbers in an effort to stimulate youth job creation during the pandemic, the province said Thursday.
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