How to Address a Cover Letter
One needs to make sure that they know how to address a cover letter. A cover letter should always be directed at the hiring manager, or the contact person in the ad one is responding too. Here is an example of a job ad in the paper:
Mrs. Emily Smith
1245 Hollywood Lane
Columbus, Ohio 43123
We can see that Emily is the person, which is taking the lead on hiring for this position. A cover letter should properly be addressed to Mrs. Smith. So many people try to get personal and say, Dear Emily, but on a cover letter it is presumptuous. One is taking the leap from manager to friend. That is how one would address a letter to a close friend and not someone they want to give them a job.
How to Address a Cover Letter without a Name
It is tricky and many do not know how to address a cover letter without a name. There are many employment ads, which have no contact person. The person who is hiring for this position either does not want their name given, or there is no one direct person to speak with. This can become a conundrum for addressing a cover letter. Many just put something generic like, “To Whom It May Concern,” or “Dear Sir”.
Try to find out the name of the hiring manager. You can call the company, if that information is given, to ask who you should address your letter too. It may be possible to ask friend who may know something about the company. If all else fails a letter with no name should simply be addressed however the ad reads. If the ad reads ‘hiring manager” then the letter written should also be addressed to the hiring manager. Companies are looking for someone to stand out in the face of the crowd. With more than 100 applicants per job, there has to be something to make one different from the rest.