11/29/12

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)?

Comments (20)

11/28/12

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

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11/28/12

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

11/28/12

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."

11/28/12

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

11/28/12

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.

11/28/12

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.

11/28/12

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...

11/28/12

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.

11/28/12

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 b.mahoney
11/28/12

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...
11/28/12

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.

11/29/12

When I was interning at a PWM, I kept getting loan application emails with client's personal information (name, SSN, DOB, etc.) because someone in a different state was a loan officer. We had the same last name and the email convention was [email protected], but their email address was based on their middle initial for some reason, which was the same as my first initial. I got about 15 of these over the course of my 3 months. Obviously, it would have been incredibly stupid to try to do something with the information, but still, wow, glad they're working hard to keep that info safe. I did email each person back to correct them, but the emails never stopped.

11/29/12

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

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11/29/12
11/29/12

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
11/30/12

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.

11/30/12
12/1/12

Happened to me but I was the recipient of the email during my SA stint. I had the same first and last name, but different middle name, than one of the VP. So a lot of times I would get his email and there was one time that the receptionist mistakenly called my line and said a client was coming to see me and to meet him at the elevator, I was like wtf lol.

12/1/12

Even funnier, at my current workplace, one of the analyst has the same exact name (first and last) with a SVP. A bunch of the analyst tend to screw around and they were emailing each other funny youtube videos and stories about the crazy clients and fellow employees, well it turns out they ended up sending it to the SVP by accident. The best part about this was that the SVP emailed us all a rant about a client and another about other employees. He ended the email with a "fml" at the bottom. It was hilarious since this guy is like in his 60s.

12/28/12

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