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Old 17.01.2013, 16:31
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Cover Letter

Hi,

My HR recommended me not to put "Dear Sir/Madam", or "Dear Hiring Manager" to the cover letter saying that it is better to address it to a certain HR person. Otherwise, HR people don't even look at such application.

I found a nice position in a large company and as a result I have only the name of the HR group head... How do you think what is better: to leave "Dear Sir..." or to put this "Head's" name on the letter?

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Old 17.01.2013, 16:49
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Best bet is to call the company and see if you can get the name of the actual hiring manager - the person that would be your boss - and address the letter to him or her.
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Old 17.01.2013, 16:51
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I would address your covering letter to the person whose name appears in the advert or to whom you were referred.
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I would address your covering letter to the person whose name appears in the advert or to whom you were referred.
Thanks for the advices but no phone, no name on the ad. Just the ref. number and link to online application...
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Old 17.01.2013, 17:03
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Ask this guy: International Headhunter


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Old 17.01.2013, 17:57
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Re: Cover Letter

I always address HR: TO WHOM IT MIGT CONCERN. But maybe that's why I don't get replies
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I always address HR: TO WHOM IT MIGT CONCERN. But maybe that's why I don't get replies

I use this also (but I spell it correctly though )

To whom it might concern




Dear Sir/Madam,


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Old 17.01.2013, 18:21
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I use this also (but I spell it correctly though )

To whom it might concern




Dear Sir/Madam,


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Aha it was MIGHT... Now it explains it all

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Actually, to be absolutely correct, it is To whom it may concern.
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Old 17.01.2013, 19:29
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Actually, to be absolutely correct, it is To whom it may concern.
So pedantic We've been living too long in Switzerland?

This fellow wouldn't agree with us "to whom it" users...

http://lancehaun.com/dont-ever-write...t-may-concern/

This one sounds like good advice...

Bottom line

Personalization is an absolute necessity (and bare minimum) if your job is communicating with media professionals. If you’re in a job hunt, it is also a smart idea to not fake the personalization. You either have to do it for real or you don’t do it at all. Just don’t leave that “To Whom It May Concern” red flag up there.
Where are you on this? Do you personalize when you send correspondence or cover letters? How about PR pros?
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So pedantic We've been living too long in Switzerland?

This fellow wouldn't agree with us "to whom it" users...

http://lancehaun.com/dont-ever-write...t-may-concern/

This one sounds like good advice...

Bottom line

Personalization is an absolute necessity (and bare minimum) if your job is communicating with media professionals. If you’re in a job hunt, it is also a smart idea to not fake the personalization. You either have to do it for real or you don’t do it at all. Just don’t leave that “To Whom It May Concern” red flag up there.
Where are you on this? Do you personalize when you send correspondence or cover letters? How about PR pros?
I would have to agree! Without wishing to sound pedantic (!) I was just addressing the 'To whom ...' issue and I would only ever use that address in a very formal business letter when there is no obvious addressee.

If I were the OP, and in the absence of a name, I would address the letter to Dear Sir/Madam. But I recognise that I am English and am not sure how acceptable this is in CH.
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Old 17.01.2013, 20:19
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I would have to agree! Without wishing to sound pedantic (!) I was just addressing the 'To whom ...' issue and I would only ever use that address in a very formal business letter when there is no obvious addressee.

If I were the OP, and in the absence of a name, I would address the letter to Dear Sir/Madam. But I recognise that I am English and am not sure how acceptable this is in CH.
There is a huge difference between; "broken machine in a lauandry room" in which case we want to arse the ladndlord to do something about it without being overtly personal (as we don't care who the current landlord is as long as the job is done) and "job interview with Mr MD or CEO" who might not take direct offence at first glance but this kind of faux-pas does not scores you points.
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