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Old 12-13-2015, 07:29 PM
 
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unless it's a woman.

seriously don't use "dear sir" unless you want employers to think you've time traveled here from the 1950s.
Not my fault the English language is inadequate.
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Old 12-14-2015, 10:18 AM
 
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When I first began my job search fresh out of college, I always wanted to try and make my cover letters as personable as possible. When there was no information available about who to contact, I used to write an e-mail to the company's corporate office, asking them politely for the name of the hiring manager. Only once did I receive a reply, thanking me for contacting them, and provided me with the appropriate name. All the others never replied to my inquiry. I used to think addressing the specific person was a pretty big deal (heck, I used to think cover letters were really that important) but as my job search progressed, I learned that it really doesn't matter that much at all.

Now, unless I see their name on the posting, I don't even bother with it. "Dear Hiring Manager" is perfectly fine and acceptable.
agreed. as the person who answers the main line at my office, i wouldn't give out the name of the hiring manager, because we have a phone directory and our e-mail addresses all follow the same pattern and i don't want that person being pestered by applicants. and as someone who has screened resumes (and sent plenty of applications myself), it seriously doesn't matter that much who it's addressed to. sending it to a specific name that is the wrong name even seems like a slight negative, but really it's just not a big deal no matter what you do.
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Old 12-14-2015, 10:20 AM
 
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Not my fault the English language is inadequate.
it's 2015 and as a society we've figured out ways to address someone we don't know without assuming their gender. "Dear Sir or Madam" for instance (as used in the newfangled rock n roll song "paperback writer" by those crazy beatles), although that is pretty outdated at this point too.
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Old 12-14-2015, 03:03 PM
 
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Dear Future Employer




(I kid of course)
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:28 PM
 
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Sir or Madam.

Addressing it to the CEO is just bizarre and I'd seriously question whether I wanted to deal with someone who is apparently completely disconnected from reality. I guess it might be okay if it's a very small company where the CEO has a non-zero chance of actually looking at it.
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