January 8th, 2005

My Widdle Bwain

Opinion Poll: Cover Letter Salutations

Here's a fun one all job hunters have faced: You see a position you want to apply for. No hiring manager's name or title is listed. What salutation do you put on the cover letter?


To Whom It May Concern,
I always think this sounds overly formal and somewhat snotty, for all that it's probably the one I most commonly use. It also always reminds me of a Peanut's cartoon: "To Whom It May Concern: Dear Whom,". Besides, how do I know that the person reading it is going to be concerned? I figure the letter is going through a lot of hands before anyone gets even remotely concerned about it.

Dear Hiring Manager,
"Dear" is such a familiar term these days that it seems incongruous to me to follow it up with an impersonal title like "Hiring Manager". Particularly since the chances are that a lot of people are going to read the letter other than the almighty Hiring Manager, and I don't want to lose their interest before I've even caught it just because the letter salutation gives the impression that I'm talking to someone else.

So informal. It's generic enough now, but it almost seems flippant. In this day and age of mailing in for jobs, I suppose it's okay. But still, it does seem a little light-hearted.

Anyone have any other suggestions?

(Of course, if the name of the hiring manager or their exact title is known, it's best to actually use those. I'm just wondering about all the other cases.)
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The Last Unicorn - Remixed

Y'all remember The Last Unicorn? It was a sweet animated piece based on the book by Peter S. Beagle, featuring a soundtrack by the group America. Said soundtrack, by the way, was impossible to find. My
friend ordered my copy from Germany and gave it to me for Christmas one year. I was totally floored.

Well, now I'm totally floored by the dance remix of the theme song. Yes, you heard me right. Dance. Remix.

I need a copy of this.

The artist is Da Sylver and Deefour, and the mix I heard is The Last Unicorn (Ippy Traxx Remix Radio Cut) It appears to be a Polish group -- though it's a little hard to tell, since all the sites I'm finding info on aren't in languages I speak.

I love my Swedish netcast. It digs up the most incredible things. (Like the dance remix of "Cry, Little Sister" from The Lost Boys. I still need a copy of that as well.)
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