Note: I have done the research on this site and elsewhere, but this question regards German-specific details and conventions which are not part of other questions which are by and large US-centric. Keep that in mind before down-voting or answering.
Update: I did not nothing and about 48h after sending the application I got an email from the company asking for reference letters.
I am currently employed (fixed-term contract for another year, 3 months notice) and even though I am not actively looking for a job, I saw an open position in a location that I am keen to move to, so I have applied for it. My profile matches about 80% of the job requirements which means I have a very good chance of getting at least to the phone interview stage. The position is at reasonably small company (Healthcare, R&D) and my skills are somewhat niche so I don't expect they will have more than a dozen (or two) serious applicants and even fewer with a better skill set than mine.
However, a day after sending the application via email (with CV and cover letter), I realized that I forgot two things:
- a list of references;
- a request not to contact my current boss, which does not know about my plans, but would otherwise give me a very positive appraisal.
Regarding 1, it was not listed as required for the application, in fact nothing was listed, however I believe this is common in Germany (the company works in a international semi-academic environment). Another detail is the the application contact is the head of department and not HR. Names and places of previous employment are spelled out in the cover letter.
My main question is: what to do next?
I see three courses of action:
- do nothing. Wait for them to request for the references and assume that contacting the references will be one of the last things the company will do before hiring me.
- Send a short follow-up email asap with the missing information. Not faffing about, just "sorry here is what is missing from my earlier email".
- Wait for a week before sending the follow-up email, asking about the application status and filling in the missing information.
I am leaning towards 1 or 2. The first option gambles a little on the hiring company not contacting anyone at an early stage of the application.
The second option has a single marginal advantage of guaranteeing that there will be no awkward moments with my current boss until it is absolutely required. It highlight my mistake but also that I am professional enough to correct it asap. Option three I am not even sure why I listed because it looks bad anyway I look at it.
Bonus question: how seriously will this damage my application?