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Attempted to cold email one of the alumni (VP at the firm), used the email format on WSO and turned out emailing the wrong person with the same last name and same first name initial (a senior MD). first time, that guy didn't reply, then I followed up with him and he forwarded my resume to the campus recruiter and the recruiter implicitly told me I emailed the wrong person. Am I screwed?

Mod note (Andy): while we're on the topic, what's the worst email disaster you've had (or heard about)?

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Comments (20)

  • kidflash's picture

    Not your fault. How were you supposed to know. Don't worry

  • F. Ro Jo's picture

    happens all the time even internally. don't worry.

  • yeahright's picture

    Did that on Monday at work, the MD told me to refer to her position and to who I was sending my emails. Needless to say the person had a middle initial and I didn't bother with checking.

    Frank Sinatra - "Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy."

  • Black Jack's picture

    Not a big deal. And your name got passed on to the campus recruiter- net win?

  • brandon st randy's picture

    Not a disaster. More like a breakthrough. Good job not giving up and following up with him until fruition.

    Too late for second-guessing Too late to go back to sleep.

  • asiamoney's picture

    I also think it's fine - really is something that happens a lot within firms haha. Who knows whether HR or your intended contact will ultimately be able to help you (I assume you sent a new email to the right address), but I wouldn't call this a disaster.

  • balls.mahoney's picture

    Haha, oh man. That is a good idea for a thread. I've seen so many hilarious e-mail 'disasters'. Very rarely is something potentially career damaging since it happens often enough that people understand, but some are definitely cringe worthy.

    One of my personal favorites was when someone's admin accidentally sent the entire listserv the resume of a senior banker from a competitor who was coming in for an interview...

  • mossy695's picture

    Guy at my bank had someone in a non-IBD dept with his same name sans middle initial who would always get his emails. The guy said his counterpart would always forward on the emails, but would critique them along the way and give his 2 cents on the would-be candidate.

    That said, you're probably fine.

  • ct banker's picture

    That is not a big deal you got what you ultimately wanted, referred to the campus recruiter so no harm done. When I was networking through email a few months back I was referred to the head of recruiting and emailed her with a Mr. SoandSo. I later found out it was a girl, thought the first name was a guys name. I laughed to myself when I figured it out.

  • In reply to balls.mahoney
    F. Ro Jo's picture

    balls.mahoney:
    Haha, oh man. That is a good idea for a thread. I've seen so many hilarious e-mail 'disasters'. Very rarely is something potentially career damaging since it happens often enough that people understand, but some are definitely cringe worthy.

    One of my personal favorites was when someone's admin accidentally sent the entire listserv the resume of a senior banker from a competitor who was coming in for an interview...


    http://www.buzzfeed.com/atmccann/what-happened-whe...
  • STIBOR's picture

    I really think this isn't a big deal (at all, like I'm surprised it's a thread), and could potentially be a net benefit in the sense that your name was "highlighted" in a non-embarrassing context.

  • oreos's picture

    i did generic covering email, but forgot to change the name of the bank and spent the entire morning trying to fruitless claw back / retract my email.... needless to say, he didn't respond to my email

    "After you work on Wall Street it's a choice, would you rather work at McDonalds or on the sell-side? I would choose McDonalds over the sell-side." - David Tepper

  • meabric's picture

    Yeah this is likely net good. The MD gets an email, forwards it on to the alum and says something to the effect of those kids from your school are real persistent, maybe we should talk to more of them...

  • In reply to ct banker
    BankingWaffle's picture

    ct banker:
    That is not a big deal you got what you ultimately wanted, referred to the campus recruiter so no harm done. When I was networking through email a few months back I was referred to the head of recruiting and emailed her with a Mr. SoandSo. I later found out it was a girl, thought the first name was a guys name. I laughed to myself when I figured it out.

    You wouldn't happen to be referring to Morgan Stanley would you?

    Cheers.

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