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How Should I Address the Cover Letter When I Don't Know If They're Male or Female?

by Shae

I'm unsure if the person I'm addressing my cover letter to is male or female. Do I write "Dear Mr./Ms." or what is the proper thing to do?

ANSWER: Hi Shae... If you don't know how to address a cover letter, then you don't have enough information. A cover letter will ALWAYS be more powerful and effective when it is personally addressed to someone.

You SHOULD be able to get this information in most cases. A call to the receptionist at small to mid-sized operations will probably net you the name you need. Just ask something like, "I'm sending in my resume in answer to the ad in the paper, and I want to be sure it gets to the right person. Can you tell me the name of the recruiter?" (Or the Director of HR, etc.) If you're calling a larger organization, you may want to ask to speak with the HR department and then pose your question to them.

If you absolutely can't get the name and title of the person doing the hiring, then you can just address your letter to Dear Recruiter. But that is not likely to be as effective, so I'd do your research whenever possible. The effort you put into it will be well worth it when you get the call for that job interview!

Good luck!

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Aug 20, 2011
cover letter
by: trish

Thanks for your assistance- I would have sent my cover letter with a generic salutation but I will call and get the name of the individual-

Aug 03, 2009
What do I do when
by: Cathy

I need to know how to address a cover letter if you don't know the company you are appling to. Ad's just say local company and send to po box could someone help?

Jul 01, 2009
by: Anonymous

I have the same question, and it has not been answered. If one knows the name BUT NOT THE GENDER, how should he or she proceed?

Oct 22, 2008
Not always a problem.
by: Anonymous

Often you will find the person's name and title from web pages if the company has one. There are cases when the info is not available to you. Because the person involved wants it that way. Try adressing to "Dear Hiring Committee", but do the research first.

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