Aug 24, 2018 - 12:20 AM
First of all, learn from your mistake. Proofreading is a huge part of writing a cover letter. You should never send one off unless you have read through it at least three times to catch every typo and formatting error. However, mistakes do happen.
This is actually a widely debated question with no single answer. Some employers would be fine accepting a new cover letter, and others would think it is strange. Others still would simply ignore the new letter and only review the original. We recommend researching the company to gain any insight into the reaction the hiring manager would have. If it is a casual company, you might go for it. If it looks strict and professional, just let the mistake go. If you do send a new letter, frame it as a revision rather than pointing out the mistake.
Oct 18, 2018 - 06:09 PM
There is no consensus on whether you should resend a cover letter if you included the wrong company name in it. If you discover you’ve made this unfortunate mistake, it may be possible to rebound, but doing so will require keen judgment and tact.
Start by doing some quick research on the company culture to assess how the hiring manager would likely respond. A casual organization might not care all that much, and a very large company might seldom read cover letters.
If you submitted your cover letter as part of an application through an ATS and you discover the error right away, you might be able to replace the faulty cover letter and thereby update your application file before anyone searches your application. Otherwise, you might have to contact the recruiter or hiring manager, mention that you mistakenly included some incorrect information, and send an updated cover letter.
In some cases, the best approach is to not call attention to the mistake at all, whether by just resubmitting a revised copy or ignoring the mistake altogether. In the case of applying to a conservative, formal, or strict organization, it is best to ignore the mistake rather than arouse unfavorable attention.