Address Your Cover Letter to the Person Who Will Hire You


TeenaRoseBook.jpg Try to find out the name and title of the person who will make the hiring decision, and address the letter specifically to that person. Often you can call the company’s human resources or personnel department and ask for that information, or just ask the receptionist. The library, phone book or Internet can also be helpful. If you can’t find anything out, then a salutation such as “Dear Hiring Manager” is better than the generic “To whom it may concern.” Be sure to spell the name and title correctly.

This tip is excerpted with permission from Designing a Cover Letter to “Wow” Hiring Personnel, an e-book by Teena Rose. For more cover-letter tips, visit Teena’s Bookstore to download your copy for $27.77. You can also download a free 19-page excerpt.