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Oops! I Applied for the Wrong Job

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Dear Experts,

I recently found a job I really wanted to apply for. I spent a lot of time crafting my responses to the job inquiry, making sure they were just right. When I received my confirmation e-mail, I realized I applied for the wrong job. I applied for Account Executive, instead of the Assistant Account Executive.

Do I contact them to confess my error, or just accept the loss? I referred to the AAE position in my cover letter as well, but this really doesn’t look good for my “detail orientation” skills! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter:

Q#462 Best to resubmit ASAP, with brief explanation. Hope for the best. (@juliaerickson)

Q#462 Resubmit, with correction; it may ‘set u apart,’ while also demonstrating your professionalism/tact in handling issues. (@ValueIntoWords)

Q#462 Definitely re-apply for AAE position. I’m with @EmilyBennington on this one – fess up & hope for the best! (@jtodonnell)

Q#462 You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Fess up. If you lose the opp, at least you tried. (@EmilyBennington)

Q#462 Make that 3 of us! They might automatically consider you based on qualifications, but why make more work for them? (@heatherhuhman)

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