Your Obedient Serpent (athelind) wrote,
Your Obedient Serpent
athelind

Tapping the Hive Mind: Greetings and Salutations!

Question:

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:
2(9.5%)
Dear Hiring Manager for [Job Title/Listing Code]:
5(23.8%)
Re: Your Posting on [Craigslist/Monster/LinkedIn]
0(0.0%)
Re: [Job Title/Listing Code]
0(0.0%)
To Whom It May Concern:
6(28.6%)
Hello!
0(0.0%)
Greetings!
1(4.8%)
Salutations!
0(0.0%)
Greetings and salutations!
0(0.0%)
YARK! and forsooth!
0(0.0%)

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




Tags: general semantics, hivejournal, jobquest!, poll, semiotics, work
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