While surfing the web one late night, she found her dream job. She applied hastily and then went to bed full of hope.
Next morning, the first thing she did was reread her application. It contained 6 typos and 7 grammatical mistakes.
She turned pale.
She was an English teacher.
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I write as a way of life: stories, blogs, articles, almost-poems. I'm a freelancer, a vegetarian, and I listen to Leonard Cohen and enjoy French films. We are dying a little more with each new day we live, so shouldn't we make the most of our time?
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28 thoughts on “50-Word Tales #110”
Ugh, finding typos after the fact can be soul crushing.
Ever happened to you?
Too many times to count. At least it has never happened on a job application!
You mean to say it has happened in a love letter? My oh my!
Haha! I’m sure it has. But I tend to be a bit smarter than a lot of the guys I’ve dated; so I doubt many of my missteps were ever noticed!
I once applied for a job, and after submitting my CV. I went back home to find two versions of my resume – one which has the status set to “married with three children”. I am aware that writing a CV at 4 AM isn’t the best thing to do. But married with three children? I am an 18 year old college student. D:
I am still not sure if the version they have now has the right status or the wrong one. It’s awkward either way.
That’s a nice anecdote.
But how come one had the status set to married with children?
I have a feeling that I accidentally copied that from my mother’s CV. She gave me hers to use it as a sample, and I was editing it and adding my own information in the same document. After I was done, I copy-pasted the sections I’d edited into a new MW doc and added more things. I guess that was my mistake. (It’s mixed up and perhaps doesn’t make much sense. Haha).
I *hate* it when I look back at something I’ve written and find a typo or grammatical error (usually spelling). Me? An English major. Of all people. That is when I hate myself most… Thankfully, it doesn’t happen often.
Weren’t you a journalist, Jessica?
A copywriter, and now a freelance correspondent. So… Something like that.
Blushing! Why can I see this happening to me. Well if it does I well blog about it.
I’ve done this a couple times while applying for writing/editing jobs or similar. I swear a part of me just dies.
Your stories are simple, but deliciously amazing 🙂
I love writing. My dream job would be related to writing. My enemy is my grammar. >.<
I found a typo on/in? a CV I sent of last week Friday I wanted to weep. My grammar and spelling are horrible though. I blame my Accounting Degree.
It’s so hot and sunny here and she must cope with snow…
It snows in Australia, no?
That’s a hard morning. But a good story.
wow, remind me to triple check b4 sending that mail. Poor her,
following your footsteps and writing my own fifty word stories. Thanks Vincent.
As an English major, this has got to be the best way to achieve that sinking feeling in your stomach. It’s the only time you had to write everything out on paper so you could use white out!
*wish you had to
Look at that. I just displayed the exact problem…ironic.
Trying to avoid the typos as I nominate you for The Versatile Blogger Award! You can find the details here at http://wp.me/p3swsV-61. Congratulations!
I can imagine how she felt! Spelling is not my strong point, thank-goodness for spell check!
You are so talented and I always enjoy reading your posts! I hope you’re pursuing this professionally :D. Keep it up. ~ http://nakitaaudrey.com
I blush! 🙂
after reading the short anecdote, suddenly a memory flashed….when I was a fresher, I randomly applied to jobs and one day a funny thing happened that I sent my application without my resume and a covering letter mentioning another agency’s name… later the person wrote to me showing my faults, I was shocked and sad….