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Old 12-12-2015, 08:53 PM
 
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How do you recommend addressing a cover letter when the job posting does not give you a person's name? Do you think "Dear Hiring Manager" sounds too impersonal? I do, but I don't know what would sound better.
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:00 PM
 
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How do you recommend addressing a cover letter when the job posting does not give you a person's name? Do you think "Dear Hiring Manager" sounds too impersonal? I do, but I don't know what would sound better.
Write to the CEO -- if it's a public company, his or her name will be on the internet.
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Old 12-12-2015, 11:47 PM
 
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i put dear hiring manager. writing to the ceo doesn't make sense to me because it's almost certainly not the CEO who's reading the letter and depending on the position the ceo won't even have anything to do with the hiring process. i think it would come across as kind of weird, honestly. "dear hiring manager" is impersonal but if there's no way to know who you're writing to, it's perfectly acceptable. it's definitely better than "dear sir or madam" or "to whom it may concern", which are both a bit outdated.
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Old 12-12-2015, 11:49 PM
 
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oh it's also worth keeping in mind that how you address your letter is not going to have a huge impact either way, as long as the rest of your letter and your resume are good. it's not something to stress out over.
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Old 12-12-2015, 11:54 PM
 
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oh and sorry for 3 posts in a row, but while we're on the subject has anyone ever addressed a cover letter to a nun? i just did and i was really unsure about how to do it. emily post says if you're sending a formal letter to sister betty smith you can say "dear sister betty" or "dear sister smith" but "sister smith" sounds weird to me and "sister betty" seems too informal.

i went with "sister smith" and actually put something into my cover letter about not knowing which to choose and going with what emily post says, and i got an interview so that's nice! i'm not under huge pressure to get a job right now so i'm experimenting with being more relaxed and being myself (to a point) for the time being and seeing how it goes. it's kind of liberating!
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:15 AM
 
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Go with "Dear Sir:"

This addresses directly the person who is reading your letter while keeping it nonspecific enough so that anyone could read it.
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:19 AM
 
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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.
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Old 12-13-2015, 10:36 AM
 
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Dear Hiring Manager is perfectly fine. After all, the recruiter is probably forwarding your information to the hiring manager anyway. Or if the posting indicates you'll be reporting to Director of XXX. I'd probably address: Dear Director of XXX.
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Old 12-13-2015, 04:45 PM
 
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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.
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Old 12-13-2015, 05:45 PM
 
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If you want your letter to stand out, always use a specific name.

The CEO is tons better than "Dear Hiring Manager" . . . when you put a specific name, it shows that you care enough to do the research to get one.

In some cases, that will mean the difference between getting an interview and getting passed over.

In other cases, it doesn't matter, but don't you always want to give yourself the best odds possible if it's a job that you care about?
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