The first and easiest way to address a cover letter without a contact?
Leave the salutation off and start with the first paragraph. It lets the manager get on to the important info in your letter, like why your resume is so amazing.
So how else can you distinguish your communications? If you're unsure of the person’s gender and can’t find out, write the full name, as in Dear Chu Li or Dear Chris Beltran.
Appropriate openings and closings that convey professionalism and polish. While it is increasingly common to see greetings without the "Dear" in business, it is less formal.
Determine if you have friends or colleagues who work at the company to which you're sending your resume.
Join or log in to Linked In (see website in Resources) or another business social networking site and run a search for the company name in your network.
Ask a friend or colleague who works at the company if she can discover the name of the hiring manager or recruiter for the position.
You may want to suggest that your friend submit your resume on your behalf if the company has an employee referral program that pays a bonus when employee-recommended candidates are hired.
For example, use "Hiring Manager for ABC Position" or "HR Recruiter for XYZ Position" to help get your resume and cover letter directed to the right person as quickly as possible.
Steve Mc Donnell's experience running businesses and launching companies complements his technical expertise in information, technology and human resources.