Aug 16, 2018 - 12:32 PM
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You should not start a cover letter with “Dear Sir” or “Dear Madam” because it is too formal and too impersonal. In addition, you run the risk of sending a “Dear Sir” to a female hiring manager and vice versa. Start-up companies, which usually have much more informal cultures, may also be turned off by the formal tone, and may prematurely conclude that you wouldn’t be a good fit. Whether you’re sending the letter to a start-up employer, or a more traditional employer, do your best to try and find the name of the hiring manager by looking online (try LinkedIn) or by calling the company directly for the name.
If you call the company, simply explain that you would like the name for your cover letter. If you found the job through LinkedIn, the name of the person creating the ad is often listed, and he or she may be able to give you the name of the hiring manager. If you can’t find the name, use “Dear Hiring Manager,” or use the name of the company CEO or other executives that would oversee the department offering the job. “Dear Hiring Manager” is always a safe bet if you can’t locate a specific name.