Post # 1
I applied for a government related human resources internship program a few weeks ago and checked the status of my application to see it was sent to a selecting official. I then decided to click on my uploaded resume and read it over. The first thing I see is the dates of my last internship… I put June 2012-September 2013, not June 2012-September 2012! Thats a whole freaking years difference!! Did I screw up bigtime? What is the best was to rectify this?
I feel like a huge idiot because I am such a proof reader when it comes to this stuff!! Ahh! I say it’s definitely Wine-o Thursday tonight.
Post # 3
its an internship so i wouldn’t worry about it – they could just think its scheduled to end in september which is in like 2 weeks anyway. I’ve been a part of hiring people and half the time we didn’t even look at the dates.
Post # 4
@Missknicole: From what I know by talking to hiring managers/HR pros, one mistake (especially if it’s not a grammar/spelling error) won’t kill you. 2-3, maybe. But you should still get an interview if it’s something like that, in which case you’ll be able to blow the roof off and make them forget about the error.
Post # 5
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@Missknicole: That is one they probably won’t even catch. The way to fix it is to make sure to bring fixed copies of your resume with you when you go to the interview for in case they ask about it. I thought it was going to be much more serious than that.
Post # 6
@beachbride1216: +1. Bring a corrected version to any interviews you may have. Also, when you complete the job application (if you do), ensure that you write the correct dates there.
Post # 7
I will bring a fixed copy. It is for a government position so I know that geting your foot in the door is a precise art and I don’t want to lose the opportunity over a dumb error 🙂
Post # 8
I wouldn’t worry about it, but if you get an interview I’d bring a corrected copy and let them know of the typo. If there’s a contact email address for applicants you could email them a new version but I wouldn’t make a big deal out of it.
Post # 9
Is there any way you can update the application or attach a note?
The reason I would be concerned is that if it is for a government position, they will definitely do a background check, even for an intern. They will verify dates of employment and could also verify the internship. Most likely, they will check to make sure the dates on your application match, but they could look at the resume too.
If you can’t edit it, and they contact you for an interview, I would let them know at that point that you made an error. Disclose it as soon as possible.
It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but a lot of corporations and I’m sure the government, have hard and fast rules about these things.