Aug 17, 2018 - 11:10 PM
Salutations are deceptively simple. You might not think about it until you sit down to write the letter, and then you find yourself wondering: should I say "to whom it may concern" or "to whosoever it may concern"? Both of these sound like they could be correct, and strictly speaking, they may be.
If the objective of your cover letter is to get an interview, though, you should avoid both of these phrases. They are simply too generic. Instead of these greetings, do your research and address you letter directly to the manager or recruiter responsible for the job listing. If this information is not readily available, do some research to find it, and make a first impression with your greeting that they won't easily forget.
Nov 28, 2018 - 11:52 AM
To Whom It May Concern' is the correct way to open a cover letter if you don’t know the name of the person to whom you should address the letter. 'Dear Hiring Manager' can work, too. Conduct research on LinkedIn and the company website to find the name of the person to whom you should address your letter. It’s always best to address a cover letter to a specific person.
Introducing yourself in an appropriate and professional manner is important. As previously stated, conducting some self-directed research via the company’s website or leading social and professional networking sites (like LinkedIn) might aid you in your search for an appropriate person. Since the objective of your resume and cover letter is to secure an interview, the greeting is the first step to establishing a tone that is respectful and positive.
The resume and the cover letter must convey the skills and accomplishments that make you a strong contender for the role you are pursuing. All of your efforts should support a positive and proactive brand, one that establishes your expertise and fit for the role for which you are applying.