Use a Formal Cover-Letter Salutation, and Avoid Sexist Titles


TeenaRoseBook.jpg Never address your letter using “Dear Sirs” or “Gentlemen.” Always use the formal name of the person, along with their job title, in the address block, and use the appropriate form of address and last name in the salutation (Ms., Mr., Dr., Professor, etc.). Don’t use “Miss” or “Mrs.” unless you have received some type of correspondence from the person and can see in writing which form of address they prefer. Always use “Ms.” unless you are absolutely certain she prefers something else.

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.