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Oh No! I Applied Online & Attached The Wrong File!

In this week's edition of Well, This Happened, the series that lets you become a career coach, we tackle a workplace dilemma from Jen. Do you think you know how to answer this VERY unlucky situation? Let's find out...


Jen writes:

WELL, THIS HAPPENED… I'm really sick of my current job and finally decided to start looking for something new. I haven't job searched in a while so the whole online application process is a little overwhelming for me.

I was recently looking on Indeed and came across the PERFECT job for me! I was so excited and immediately started filling out the application on the company website. At the very end, they asked me to attach my resume and cover letter. I attached them and sent it.

Right after I sent everything, I took another glance at the files I attached and saw that I didn't attach my resume. Instead, I had attached the script for a one-act play my friend sent me. I was mortified! I didn't see any option for going back and there are no contact details on how to get in touch with the hiring manager at this company.

What should I do? I don't want to miss out on this fantastic job just because I attached the wrong file.


Oops. Jen made an honest mistake. But this mistake could greatly impact her chances of getting an interview for her dream job. We've come up with four possible ways to handle this situation.

If you were Jen, how would you address this mistake? Let us know by voting for one of the options below:

A - Contact the job board to see if there's any way you can go back & edit your application

B - Do nothing & hope for the best

C - Search on LinkedIn to try & find out who the hiring manager is at this company & reach out via InMail

D - Apply to the job posting again with the correct file attached

To Be Continued...


Be sure to check back later this week for our follow-up video that will recap the options and reveal what the right one is.

Good luck!


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