1/9/10

For BB/Boutiques, who should I address the cover letter to? I researched a bit and checked linkedin, and the only names I could pull off the websites are the names of the MD and Vice President. Which one should I address the letter to? I don't want to write: " To whom It May Concern" because thats just useless.

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1/9/10

If the job listing has a recruiter's name, use that. Otherwise, "To whom it may concern" is your best option. You might think it's useless, but addressing your cover letter to an MD would be ridiculous.

Cover letters are largely ignored, anyway - don't sweat this too much.

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1/14/10

I always just address it to "Dear Recruiting Coordinator"...

1/14/10

To Whom It May Concern:

?

1/14/10

bump

1/14/10

I usually write "Dear Recruiter:" or "Dear Prospective Employer:."

1/14/10

Call them.

1/14/10

Dear future BAUSS/current baller,

My name is ____ and I am applying for the summer analyst position at ____...

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Why are there so many dumb cover letter questions recently? I'm glad that after Mr. White's rant about stupid questions, the "What are my chances?" posts have died down, but these are almost as bad.

If you need cover letter advice, pick up a fucking guide to cover letters. There are at least a million of them on Google. These questions are honestly from Cover Letters 101.

1/9/10

Yea, don't address it to some random MD if you are sending it to HR. See if you can find the name of the head of HR and address it to that person if you REALLY need to put a name on it. But you are fine sending it to "To whom it may concern", it isn't ridiculous. And quimby is right, unless you have a personal contact that you are sending it to nobody is going to read the cover letter.

1/14/10

Do you have any contacts in the firm? I'd ask them.

1/14/10

Shredder

If the glove don't fit, you must acquit!

1/14/10

Address it to the "recruiting team"

1/14/10

I usully just say Dear Hiring Manager, "to whom it may concern is kinda detached", and "hiring committee" implies there is more than 1 person reading your resume"

Disclaimer: The post above has been made by someone who is not currently employed in IBD, and has not had an interview yet...

1/14/10

Do you honestly think i haven't searched this forum, used a cover
letter guide, used Vault, to find an answer already etc. - I'm a type A
from a target. Christ, why couldn't you just answer the question on top
of being a d bag?

no cover letter guide has a specific answer to the question: should I address it to the HR contact versus the division I'm applying.

For example, MS has multiple divisions and to each one I used the HR Contact as the person to address it to - maybe I should have put "Dear MS IB, or Dear MS Pub. Finance" instead.

1/9/10

Thanks! What about a smaller firm? They don't have director of human resources and campus recruiting, but they do have director of operations and director of administration. Which one should I address it to?

1/14/10

I guess the real question is: is it looked down on to have the greeting read: Dear Hiring Manager/Team?

1/14/10

Definitely not "To Whom it May Concern" ... "Dear Shredder" might work - I like that, WalMartShopper.

Don't sweat the details on this one, the content is what matters most. Just start it (no Dear or To):

[insert bank name here] Recruiting,

1/14/10

Why not use your brain and check for a recruiters name on LinkedIn or call the firm up and ask?
And people like you will get offers... I'm shocked.

1/14/10

Don't know anyone with a name to send it to = not very good chances of getting in

1/14/10

Sorry dude but I agree with b. This is a easy question that you can solve on your own. You might want to consider:

a. Is this an e-mailed cover letter? If so, why would you put an address on at all?

b. Is this through an online application system? If so, make sure the font of your resume and cover letter are identical. If you are truely a type A from a target, you should have no problems asking your career center.

At the end of the day, the header of your cover letter is going to be entirely ignored (except if you address it to the wrong company). What matters is the content. Good luck.

1/9/10

you can address it to the firm

1/14/10

I've usually gone with Hiring Manager but "Sir or Ma'am" can work as well if you think it fits the firm's culture. For a "very large company" I'd feel pretty confident about Hiring Manager as they probably do actually have such a person.

1/14/10

To whom it may concern always works. I also would use the name of their head recruiter or HR person if available

1/14/10

If it's emailed or online you don't need to address it. C'mon, use common sense..they aren't english teachers grading your formatting.

1/9/10

Dear recruiting manager,

..........

1/14/10

Why not "Dear Sir or Madam"? I thought that would be the proper adress if you are not sure who the recipient is

1/14/10

"To Whom it May Concern" sounds like the start of a suicide note.

1/14/10

Hey thanks for the replies, I'm not worried about the formatting, just in regards to applying online. Here is my question more specifically:

My school (mid-tier target) uses E-recruiting but ALSO requires you to submit through the firm's website. On the firm's website, each division you are applying to requires a seperate cover letter. For these cover letters, should I just use the HR contact person from the Dartmouth E-Recruiting website, or should I just put: "Dear Morgan Stanley IB" or "Dear Morgan Stanley ST"

appreciate it.

1/10/10

If you don't address it to a specific name, what do you write for the address/name paragraph?

1/10/10

Dear Sir or Madam,

1/14/10

How about "Dear Sir or Madam:" and dont worry about it? geeze - I understand the type A, but you will be bald by 25 worrying about petty things like that.

1/10/10

i used to run into exactly the same problems and it would annoy the hell out of me...through ocr, I now have details of most banks contact info for ib and s&t campus recruiting...so if you (or anyone else needs this), please pm me

alternatively, you could use linked in to search for stuff like campus recruiting or hr or campus investment banking etc and get a name within that companies profile...

for their physical address (particularly boutiques/MM etc) just go to their websites and get it from under contact details or just google map it (eg Moelis near NYC etc)

or you can just pm me and if I have what you need, i'll just reply back with it

1/14/10

try googling "do i address my cover letter to an HR contact"

seriously.

1/13/10

I'm applying for the IB Summer Analyst position at J.P. Morgan and the switchboard operator that answered the phone said I should just address it to J.P. Morgan Human Resources.

Thoughts?

1/14/10

lol...already got that receding hairline = <3 rogaine

but yeah, i was asking whether we should use the campus HR contact on online applications...I don't think most of you have realized the specific nature of the question, or maybe I'm just an idiot. Its a minor detail anyways....

1/14/10

I've sent every cover letter to Human Resources when I've not specifically been told to address it to a particular person.

1/14/10

excel_ monkey: yeah that sounds great.
no homo: did you just address it as : " To Human Resources:" ?

1/14/10

BTW, did you try to mask your school by saying "mid-tier target" and then the following sentence mention that you go to Dartmouth? lol

1/14/10

Dear Human Resources

=========================================
We are excited to formally extend to you an offer to join Bank of Ameria

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