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  • Dear [ name of someone who does not work at this company ]:


    • Heh. I'm not so harsh on generic salutations. Admittedly, I've had to construct a cover letter maybe 3 times in my 25 years in the work force, but each of those times I was a little puzzled about what I should say on the first line. Should it be generic, non-generic, gender specific, etc.... I mean, the letter might be circulated to several different folks before a decision is made to call me in for an interview. I think I once wrote a snarky salutation of "Dear Person who is interested in hiring a competen
      • Still, if you're going to go to the trouble of writing a cover letter, you should make sure it's addressed to someone who works there. "Dear Sir" is fine by me. "To Whom It May Concern" is even fine by me. But "Dear Mrs Sally Struthers" tells me that you are reusing a cover letter from some other interview process and lack the attention to detail required to even change a basic salutation. That doesn't bode well for the rest of the interview process.

        • I use "To Whom It May Concern" if I don't know the hiring manager. But it feels odd and impersonal to me but I guess the whole process often is.

          Maybe next time I should start it "Dear Diary,".