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Cover Letter Salutations

Cover Letter Salutation Examples

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Cover Letter Salutations
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When you're writing a cover letter or sending an email message to apply for a job, it's important to include an appropriate salutation at the beginning of the cover letter or message. If you have a contact person for your letter, be sure to include their name in your letter.

The following is a list of letter salutation examples that are appropriate for cover letters and other employment-related correspondence.

Cover Letter Salutation Examples

  • Dear Mr. Jones
  • Dear Ms. Jones
  • Dear Jane Doe
  • Dear Dr. 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

Many companies don't list a contact person when they post jobs, because they don't want to be contacted by candidates.

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

General Salutations for Cover Letters

  • Dear Hiring Manager
  • To Whom It May Concern
  • Dear Human Resources Manager
  • Dear Sir or Madam
  • Dear Company Name Recruiter

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