Before you resort to sending your cover letter with no name in the address, you really should try to find out the name of the person to whom you’re writing your letter if you can. Addressing your cover letter to a real person makes your resume more personal and more effective than addressing it with no name. In addition, if no name is given in the position advertisement, spending some time to research the name of the person to whom you should address your cover letter demonstrates you’re serious about the advertised position and you’re the type of person who pays attention to detail and wants to do things correctly.
Often you can learn the name of the appropriate contact person to whom you should address your cover letter with just a little bit of effort. Some tricks you can try:
- Check the company’s web site for the name of the hiring manager.
- Call the company’s telephone number and ask the receptionist for the name of the company’s personnel director.
- Ask any friends or business associates who may do business with the company if they know the name of the personnel manager.
You’ve Tried But Still Can’t Find Out the Name of a Contact Person
Okay, you’ve exhausted every idea you can think of to find out the name of the person to whom you should address your cover letter and have had no luck. On to Plan B.
Address your letter to “Talent Acquisition Director” or “Hiring Manager” or some other generic, gender-neutral title. The individual to whom you’re writing may not hold any of these exact titles but at least the folks in the mailroom will know which department (and maybe the exact person) where your letter should be routed.
For the salutation on your letter, please avoid anything specific to one gender:
- Dear Sir
- To Whom it May Concern
And don’t even think about using the horrid greeting, “Dear Sir or Madam”. Instead, repeat whatever title you used on the letter’s address or simply say, “Good Morning”.
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