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How to Address a Cover Letter

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How to address a cover letter can be tricky if you are responding to a blind ad and don’t have a contact person’s name to include or you don't know the hiring manager's gender. Here are tips on how to address a cover letter.

How to Address a Cover Letter

If you don’t have a contact person at the company you can either leave off the salutation from your cover letter and start with the first paragraph of your letter or use a general salutation.

There a variety of cover letter salutations you can use to address your letter. Employers who responded to an employer survey conducted by Saddleback College preferred:

  • Dear Hiring Manager (40%)
  • To whom it may concern (27%)
  • Dear Sir/Madam (17%)
  • Dear Human Resources Director (6%)
  • Leave it blank (8%)

Once you have chosen a salutation, follow it with a colon or comma, a space, and then start the first paragraph of your letter. For example:

Dear Hiring Manager:

First paragraph of letter.

How to Address a Cover Letter for a Non-Gender Specific Name

If you do have a name, but aren't sure of the person's gender, an option is to include both the first name and the last name in your salutation:

  • Dear Sydney Doe
  • Dear Taylor Smith

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