AP photographer and editor Karly Sadof included half her cover letter applying for a Buzzfeed photo-editing job in an image caption that was sent to all the AP's newspaper clients across the country.
The caption read:
Lauren Sherrick of Davenport, Iowa, helps paint a compass on the Mason City, Iowa, Municipal Airport ramp on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Instead of starting this cover letter by listing the top ten reasons why I am the perfect candidate to be Buzzfeed's photo essay editor, or creating a quiz about what type of job applicant, I, Karly Domb Sadof, am (because I imagine you have just finished reading half a dozen cover letters in those formats) I will say I am applying for Buzzfeed's photo essay editor position because I want to do to photojournalism what the Quiz and "listicle" have done to Lifestyle journalism. (AP Photo/The Globe Gazette, Arian Schuessler)
Sadof caught the error quickly, reportedly sending a corrected photo and caption were sent shortly afterward with the subject line "CORRECTS TO REMOVE UNNEEDED INFORMATION."
Unfortunately for Sadof in the digital age a quick reaction cannot repair a big mistake and numerous screenshots of the original caption are still available.
But Sadof’s mistake mustn’t have been all that bad, since according to her Twitter profile, she remains in her position at AP.
Job-hunting at work is rarely advisable and many studies have shown that multitasking is more difficult than people expect. Multitasking while you job hunt at work is dangerous, as a recent error showed.