The very first thing that appears on your cover letter is the name of the recipient. The standard way to handle this is to find the name of the hiring manager on the company website so you can address it to that person specifically, using their first and last name. Of course, this is just the ideal situation. It is not always this simple to find the name of the hiring manager. If you don't know the person you're sending your cover letter to, you may wonder if you can start it with 'Dear Hiring Manager' instead. If you absolutely must, you can use this method, but try these other options first. Addressing your cover letter to a real person is always the best option. Even if you end up addressing it to the wrong person, whoever does receive it will not count it against you. Research their website to find anyone who potentially could receive incoming cover letters. In many cases, the head of the department you apply for is a good bet. If you really cannot find someone to address your letter to, you can use a generic title, such as 'Hiring Manager' or 'Research Manager Search Committee.' Find other cover letter writing tips
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