So as some of you may know, a couple of weeks ago I finally managed to land a job in an area that will allow me to shack up with my husband.
As it turns out, this is a good thing, since my current employment may be terminated today.
This morning my boss gave me the applications he’d received to fill my position. Some of them came via email, with resume and writing sample (a requirement for the app) attached. For those, my boss only gave me the attachments (which he’d printed out), but not the actual e-mail messages, which I was assuming would serve as cover letters.
So I asked him for the “cover letters” for the applicants who’d sent their stuff via email. I’d already ranked the applicants (using A, B, C, and D rankings) based on their resumes and writing samples, and given the apps back to my boss, but still wanted to see the cover letters for the e-mail applicants.
My boss forwarded said cover letters to me via email, and I was disappointed to learn that one of the people I’d put on my “A-list” as a prime candidate for the job had not even written a cover letter to speak of–he’d just written something to the effect of, “Here’s my stuff.” Not enough of a gaffe, in my opinion, to warrant booting him from consideration, but I’m big on cover letters (because it’s the applicant’s chance to make the sales pitch, as it were), and was chagrined that this guy hadn’t taken the time to write one.
So I emailed my boss a snarky (but JOKING) response that said, "That’s IT??!??!!? Take him off the A-list!"
. . . or so I thought.
What I ACTUALLY did was send that snarky little message to THE APPLICANT via e-mail!!!
And of course, he called to find out what that meant.
I’m horrible on the spot, so basically I just told him the truth: that it had been meant for my boss. And of course I apologized profusely and assured him that it hadn’t been meant seriously (we’re big smartasses around here), but I am burning with shame and embarrassment right now.