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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