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Avoid The Kiss of Death on Your Cover Letter

Posted by Lori on February 17, 2010

What a way to start a blog! When I think of the Kiss of Death, the salutation on a cover letter is not the first thing that pops in my brain. According to The Work Buzz, you should never, ever address a cover letter to, “To Whom it May Concern, or Dear Sir/Madam.” Using such a salutation shows an employer that you lack initiative in finding such information, or shows you have a disregard for research that you should be doing.

You must locate the name of the person who is in charge of hiring. Here are some clues on how to find them:

  • Read the job posting
  • Call the company
  • Look on the internet
  • Ask your personal contacts

There may be cases when you cannot find the hiring manager’s name, especially if you are answering an ad that only lists a post office box. Check out the rest of the article for more tips on how to address your cover letter if you encounter this situation.

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