Apr 22, 2019 - 06:13 PM
One way to deal with the guesswork is to do some checking online as to whether the person is a man or a woman. Look for the name directly connected to the company, such as checking LinkedIn to verify that "Taylor Smith" is indeed a woman and the head of human resources for XYZ company.
Never use "To Whom it May Concern" or "Dear Sir or Madam" when addressing a cover letter. If you can't find the name of the hiring manager, address your letter to the head of the department to which you’re applying, such as sales or marketing. If even that proves elusive (many companies are quite adept at concealing department head names online), then try for something like "Dear Sales Manager" or "Dear Hiring Manager."
Finally, always make sure you double-check the spelling of any name you use. You will get points for trying to target the right person, but lose those points – and possibly more – with a misspelled name.
Aug 23, 2018 - 07:22 PM
As a job applicant, your focus is on making the best impression. Chances are you don't want to offend the reader in any way. When it comes to using "Ms." in your document, you don't have anything to worry about. Most hiring personnel wouldn't expect you to know their marital status. What's more important is that you have the correct spelling of the person's name. Getting the name wrong could be the kiss of death for your application. This could ruin your chances of landing the job you want. Check out these cover letters to see the different ways to format the greeting.