“To Whom It May Concern”: Don’t Do It!

Job hunting and the application process can be exhausting, I’ll be the first to agree to that. Just today I’ve devoted two hours to my own job hunt. It seems reasonable then, to increase  one’s odds of securing an interview by accurately addressing a cover letter to the appropriate party.

Think about it. When’s the last time you crashed a wedding? Or attended a party without knowing the host/hostess? Failure to properly address a cover letter is an immortal sin, in my opinion. Not only are you showing a lack of initiative, but you’re asking a favor of someone without so much as recognizing who they are! You may as well approach the closest stranger in the grocery store and say “Hi, I’m Brittany. I don’t know you, and you don’t know me, but I wondered if you could please offer me a job!”

In an article entitled “Never Write ‘To Whom it May Concern‘”, Lance Haun investigates this common applicant blunder. Feedback varies, but I’d suggest when in doubt, take the initiative to secure a name, even if it requires a little additional research and effort.

What do you think: If you’ve spent two hours looking for the name of the appropriate individual, with no luck, how do you address your cover letter?


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