Sleuth Out Identities of Hiring Managers

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What salutation should you use in a cover letter if you don’t know the identity of the hiring manager? Simple. You should make it a point always to know the identity of the hiring manager and address your letter specifically for that person. There should be very few times in your job search correspondence that can’t find out the name of the person you are writing to. As long a job posting provides the name of the hiring company, it is quite easy to call the firm and obtain the name of the hiring manager. In fact, doing so often results in your letter and resume getting more notice because it shows initiative. On those rare times when you do not know the name or gender of the person you are writing to (such as when respond to a blind-box ad), try “Dear Boxholder,” “Dear Friends,” or just begin the letter without a salutation. Also see our article, Sleuthing Out Hiring Managers Is Key to Job-Search Follow-up.

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