Question by  wrestler88 (192)

I'm applying to be an editor: should I point out a typo in the hiring firm's communication?

I'm on the fence about this one. I know some people like to do this to show their editing chops, but is it worth it given it might be taken offensively?


Answer by  greysquirrel (239)

Yes! It shows you are so committed to good copy that you'll tell anyone about it.


Answer by  jlaird (190)

No. I think it's more productive and effective, though it's also harder, to think about what the hirer is looking for and tailor your cover letter and resume to those anticipated needs rather than find and point out a typo they made.


Answer by  altos (224)

I think this is a common tactic among editors and I don't think it works. Try to stand out in other ways, like with an engaging cover letter, or a resume that is really tailored to that position.


Answer by  rnovikoffgmailcom (1722)

i wouldnt even bother, it seems like its more of a big deal then it is and your right, it could be taken wrong.


Answer by  apple (447)

I say no. It might be received offensively, whether that is justified or not, and isn't worth the risk of not getting you the job. I don't think it's the sort of thing that *will* be the key to getting you the job so why risk it?


Answer by  joantheresa (1421)

If you are absolutely sure that there is a typo, point it out to the company. They might have put it in there deliberately to see if you would catch it. If they did, you will be ahead of the game.

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