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To Whom It May Concern?

The Hiring Process

Question:

I keep hearing that you should address your cover letter to the hiring manager, not just “Human Resources” or “To Whom It May Concern.” But it’s hard to find that name!

Answer:

Yes, indeed it is!

Job search is a bad place to save time and energy, unfortunately. If you’re wondering, “Should I do this to help my job search along?” the answer is usually “Yes.”

It’s not surprising, then, that LinkedIn is coming to the rescue. Go into your profile and click on “Jobs” at the top. You’ll see a list of job openings that LinkedIn thinks might interest you. Click on any job title to see the details. Then look to the upper right corner, and very often you’ll see “Contact the Job Poster.” It will list the person in charge of that job lead, and offer to send him/her a message through LinkedIn; you don’t even need an email address. You can also view the person’s LinkedIn profile, and possibly make a more personal connection.

It is often difficult to find the name of the hiring manager for the job you want. But LinkedIn has now made it a little easier.

About the Author

Beth Davis-Reinhold

Beth Davis-Reinhold is an instructor at Frederick County Workforce Services, where she has worked for over 20 years. She teaches job search seminars and basic computer skills. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and is Internet and Computing Core Certified (IC3). Beth has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, and is an Advanced Communicator Silver. A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Beth has also studied American Sign Language for many years. In addition to many sundry projects for FCWS, Beth writes its “Ask the Career Coach” blog.