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It's not at all uncommon for people to spend hours and hours writing and revising their resumes, and almost as long creating custom cover letters for each position that they apply for. Despite this, it's not uncommon for people to make mistakes in the very first piece of information that a potential employer will see: the address line in the cover letter. An error in the address can simply undermine all your other efforts - the letter may not get through to the right person, or they may discard it if do get it, or even in the best case, may start with the impression of you as a careless and inattentive person.

Here are some tips for correctly addressing your cover letters:
  1. Your cover letter must be addressed to appropriate person, preferably using their name. Check the job advert or job description, as they will often give you the name of that person to contact. If it does not, you can call the company or look on their web site - or both. Only if you still don't know after thorough research, then you can address the letter to the specific team listed as the contact. You should avoid using generic statements such as "To whom it may concern", or job titles such as "To the human resources manager".

  2. Make sure your correctly spell the person's name and the organization's name. Check it and check again. You'd be surprised at how many job applications, and cover letters get this detail wrong - and how many of those fall a the first hurdle.

  3. The first sentence of your cover letter must explain, specifically, why you are writing to the company. It is not enough to think to yourself, or even say in your cover letter "I am encloing my resume", and then hope the organization realizes that you are looking for employment. You should state clearly and directly the title of the job that you are interested in, and why you believed you are the best candidate for the job. Your first sentence should be straight forward, direct and positive, and inviting the employer through the rest of your cover letter and the attached resume. Never forget that your cover letter is key tool for selling yourself.
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