May 6th, 2010


Return of the Whiskers!

Some time between last night and this morning, my facial hair made the transition between "unshaved and disheveled" to "oh, he's obviously growing a goatee".

Really, the last thing I said before turning in last night was, "My beard is at the stage where my face just looks dirty." Stepping out of the shower just now, I looked in the mirror and said, "Hey, goatee."

Part of it might be that I didn't shave at all yesterday, which gave me that "coming off a three-day bender" look.

That's one reason I tend to go for a goatee when I'm in Facial Hair Mode: it takes less time to look like a Deliberate Styling Choice than a full beard does. I'm five days in, and I'm Obviously Growing A Goatee; it's neatly outlined on my face. A full beard can take a couple of weeks to get past that "just forgot to shave" point.

I have no idea how much my decision to re-beard has to do with the opening of Iron Man 2 this weekend. I've got to say that RDJr really rocks the Stark facial hair, though.
Warning: Group Intellect

Tapping the Hive Mind: Greetings and Salutations!


When responding to a job posting that doesn't list a specific contact person, what's the best way to open a cover letter? I've been using "Dear Sir or Madam", but that sounds a little vague, a little stiff, and a lot like the opening to a Beatles song.

Obviously, the ideal option is to address a cover letter to a specific person, by name, but this is not always possible.

Should I stick with "Dear Sir or Madam", use some other gender-neutral salutation, or just leave it off entirely and dive right into the "Look At Me, I'm Wonderful!" part of the letter?

Poll #1561114 It took me years to write, will you take a look?

How should I open a cover letter when I don't have contact information for a specific individual?

Dear Sir or Madam:
Dear Hiring Manager for [Job Title/Listing Code]:
Re: Your Posting on [Craigslist/Monster/LinkedIn]
Re: [Job Title/Listing Code]
To Whom It May Concern:
Greetings and salutations!
YARK! and forsooth!

No wonder you never get interviews! You should use THIS: