Under no circumstances should you use “To Whom It May Concern” in a cover letter. Ever. It reeks of “form letter” to anyone who reads it.
But that being said, not doing so can leave you in an interesting predicament. How do you personalize a cover letter if no contact information is provided?
This is where The Talent Buzz comes in. I was reading Is “To whom it may concern” the kiss of death? the other day and it’s a great resource for anyone who has run into this problem. The entire article offers tips and advice on what you can do to track down a contact name and what you should resort to if you are unsuccessful.
2. Call the company
If a job posting does not list a contact name, call the company. Yes, it really is that simple. Call the main number listed for the company and ask for the name of its corporate recruiter or hiring manager. Or, call and say you were wondering who manages the position to which you’re applying. That way, your materials get sent directly to the person who needs to see them.
This is a great read for anyone currently looking for work.