Aug 20, 2018 - 08:15 PM
In many cases, the job listing you respond to will also contain the name and contact information for the person to send it to. However, companies that use online submission forms may sometimes fail to provide this information, which can be awkward when you need to upload a cover letter among other materials.
If you're applying to work with a large company, potential readers of your materials may include employees in the HR department. If a company has an official hiring manager, you should likely address your letter to that person. The company's site may also provide a link or contact information for employment opportunity inquiries.
To avoid guesswork, you can also just call the company and ask who handles job applications; address your cover letter to that person. Remember that figuring out your reader does not just determine your salutation but also helps you craft the remainder of your letter more effectively.
Jan 17, 2019 - 02:32 PM
If you cannot locate the hiring manager’s name through LinkedIn (or the company website), you can use "Dear Hiring Manager" instead. While this is a generic greeting, it is also a safe and acceptable greeting. Avoid using "To whom it may concern." This is an outdated greeting for a cover letter.
I prefer to address the cover letter in a way that sounds a little more modern – and more targeted. For example, if you were applying for a job to work at FedEx, you might consider addressing your cover letter, "Dear FedEx Team" This approach reminds the company that you are interested in them, and as I said already, I think it sounds more modern.
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