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Business Letter Salutation Examples

Sample Salutations for Business Letters


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When you're writing a business letter or sending an email message it's important to include an appropriate salutation at the beginning of the letter.

The following are a list of letter salutation examples that are appropriate for business and employment related correspondence.

Business Letter Salutation Examples

  • Dear Mr. Smith
  • Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  • Dear Ms. Jones
  • Dear Jane Doe
  • Dear First Name (if you know the person well)
  • Dear Dr. Haven
  • Dear Dr. and Mrs. Haven

Follow the salutation with a colon or comma, a space, and then start the first paragraph of your letter. For example:

Dear Mr. Smith:

First paragraph of letter.

When You Don't Have a Contact Person

If you don't have a contact person at the organization, you could either leave off the salutation and start with the first paragraph of your letter or use a general salutation.

General Salutations for Business Letters

  • Dear Hiring Manager
  • To whom it may concern
  • Dear Human Resources Manager
  • Dear Sir or Madam

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