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Non-insignificant typo on my resume, wondering if I should clarify

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You know how it is- you've read your resume and essays a hundred times, and then of course the moment you hit "submit" you find that typo. Well, I found one after I'd submitted my resume to Wharton, Harvard, and Kellogg. Yikes.

Line was supposed to say "managed 26 employees," got transposed to "managed 62 employees." Big difference, right?

I know if this was a little thing like "your" vs "you're", I wouldn't bring attention to it...but this seems like something that I ought to humbly clarify and apologize for. Any thoughts?
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Hi and sorry about the typo. I would not worry too much about it despite being materially different. We have had people submit their annual salary instead of monthly and vice versa on the applications. All things happen and typos/issues often happen and not even caught by applicants.

I don't think it will hurt to report it but I don't know that it will make a difference. I don't really think that schools have a good mechanism of recording and updating things - they would have to update your whole resume in the file. Someone on the staff will be like - Really? This gal/dude typed 62 instead of 26 and now I have to find them, open their file, locate the correct section, update the numbers and save it?


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Having spent 20 mins writing this reply with on and off interruptions, thus giving me time to reflect on it, if I were in your shoes, I would probably contact the school just for the peace of mind but that is me. Let's see if you get better advice.
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BB has mentioned the right solution. Connect with the Admission committee member or someone who is assigned to you after you have submitted your application.
In my opinion 26 and 62 are a lot different. If I were in your position I would have definitely gone to the adcom. They are nice people and are there to help you. (I hope for the best)


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You know how it is- you've read your resume and essays a hundred times, and then of course the moment you hit "submit" you find that typo. Well, I found one after I'd submitted my resume to Wharton, Harvard, and Kellogg. Yikes.

Line was supposed to say "managed 26 employees," got transposed to "managed 62 employees." Big difference, right?

I know if this was a little thing like "your" vs "you're", I wouldn't bring attention to it...but this seems like something that I ought to humbly clarify and apologize for. Any thoughts?

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Thanks for the feedback. I emailed the adcoms this morning using this language:

Upon reviewing the resume submitted with my application (# XXXXX), I found that there is a typo where a number "26" was transposed to "62" in reference to the number of employees under my management. Had this been a minor typo, I would not have alerted you, but I definitely wanted to make sure that I didn't have incorrect information in my application that misleadingly made me a more attractive candidate.

I apologize for the oversight and acknowledge that I should have caught it in my final application review. I have attached an updated version of my resume with no other changes apart from this corrected typo. If it can be attached to my application, that would be appreciated. Again, I apologize for the oversight and wanted to make sure that you have my most accurate information.

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tnsl6212 : It will.

All the best !

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Thanks for the feedback. I emailed the adcoms this morning using this language:

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Great note!

I am a strong believe that you can turn around a negative situation into making it a bigger strength vs. someone who submitted a perfect app to start with. I feel it shows character when things get messed up and it shows how people fix them. Nobody is perfect, so it is all about what happens after.

Best of luck!

P.S. I hope you get in. If you do, it may become a competitive strategy to mess up on the app somewhere on purpose and then brilliantly fix it. I am rooting for you and hoping your success will pave a new approach to app submissions.
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