Vanessa Hojda, Nicolas Cage photo e-mailer, speaks

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"It's been a weird day."


That's the first thing Vanessa Hojda, a 20-year-old student at Toronto's York University, says when I reach her by phone. It is an understatement.


In the past 24 hours, Hojda's accidental sending of a bizarre Nicolas Cage photo instead of her résumé has gone viral online, putting her in an Internet spotlight she did not intend when she innocently e-mailed her university's career center about an administrative assistant position.


We've all been in Hojda's place; we've forwarded an e-mail we didn't mean to forward, or attached a file we didn't mean to attach. But Hojda's job application error achieved such an epic level of hilariousness that it has turned her into a bit of an Internet star, one who will forever be associated with the image of Cage on the verge of spontaneous combustion. (See image below, then try not to spew chicken salad all over your cubicle walls.)



(Via Hojda's Tumblr)


I blogged about her mistake, which Hojda originally acknowledged on her Tumblr. Uproxx blogged about her mistake. Gawker blogged about the mistake. The mistake bounced all over the social media stratosphere; even Elizabeth Banks tweeted about it. But fortunately, Hojda — a psychology major who is still searching for a summer job, by the way — is taking all of the jokes about her attachment screw-up with a sense of humor.


"This whole thing got my name out there," she says with a laugh while chatting by phone from a Toronto coffee shop. She adds that she's already gotten two job offers via her Facebook page. She's not sure they are legitimate, but it's a start.


Naturally, we all have some questions about how this incident occurred in the first place, which Hojda was happy to answer.



How the heck did she accidentally send such an insane photo?


The jpeg had a vague file name that she confused with her résumé. Hence, she sent it to the York University career center by accident before she could correct the error.


Did the potential employer respond to this e-mail after he or she stopped laughing?


"She said, 'Vanessa, all I see is a picture of Nic Cage looking terrifying,' " Hojda says. The hirer in question ultimately followed up and said the position was filled, but Hojda thinks sending the wrong attachment was what really shut down the conversation: "She was probably thinking, 'She can't even get the attachment right.' "


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Source : washingtonpost.com

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