Realising her mistake, 20-year-old Vanessa posted the image to her Tumblr blog with a message.
She wrote: "I ACCIDENTLY SENT MY POTENTIAL FUTURE BOSS A PICTURE OF NIC CAGE RATHER THAN MY COVER LETTER + RESUME, WHICH HAS A ZIP FILE TITLED WITH A BUNCH OF NUMBERS LIKE THE JPC I ACCIDENTALLY ATTACHED OH MY GOD."
The email blunder quickly became a viral sensation and garnered the student 7,000 more subscribers to her blog.
Vanessa has retained a sense of humour regarding the mis-hap, telling the Washington Post: "This whole thing got my name out there."
Despite her mistake, the Canadian student has received two job offers on her Facebook page.
She has also been interviewed by the Washington Post and taken part in a photoshoot for the Canadian newspaper Toronto Star.
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