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After lay-offs in my current company I was forced to job search on the market. During the process, I found a company specializing in a niche technology that I did my BSc with. I also use this technology for hobbyist work - however, I generally do not include the work in my general-purpose CV.

Not thinking much about it, I have sent the general-purpose CV to the company. I have yet to receive a response and I'm starting to worry that because my knowledge about this field is not highlighted in the resume, they have decided to skip me over.

Can I correct the mistake? If so, how should I proceed?

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    How long ago was it? Did you also send a cover letter? If it was recent you could try following up with a "oops forgot to attach a cover letter" and write all about the niche stuff in there – Bee Apr 2 at 13:50
  • @Bee It was around a week ago. Do you think it'll slide? – Adam Apr 2 at 13:58
  • @JoeStrazzere Should I offer any explanation? – Adam Apr 2 at 13:58
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    @Adam, if by "sent it to the company" you meant you uploaded it through a web-portal, I would not worry about it. If you are a uniquely qualified candidate, try to make contact with an actual hiring manager or other non-HR person and proceed from there with correctly detailed CV. Semi-anonymous web uploads are always shot in the dark even in the best case scenario. – teego1967 Apr 2 at 14:08
  • @Bee No one reads cover letters. HR doesn't forward them to us and HR's software doesn't even scan them. – Dark Matter Apr 3 at 5:14
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Given this was a week ago and you haven't heard back I'd just send a follow up email with something like the following:

Hi blah,

I sent over my CV last week but realised I didn't send across a cover letter to explain why I so interested in this [niche technology]. Please see the attached.

Thanks
Adam

Or something along those lines.

Nothing to lose by trying!

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    No one reads cover letters. HR doesn't forward them to us and HR's software doesn't even scan them. – Dark Matter Apr 3 at 5:15

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