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    Dear Sir/Madam vs To Whom It May Concern

    Hi,

    Question
    1)
    Should I use "Dear Sir/Madam" or "to whom it may concern" in a job application cover letter?

    Question2) If both can be used, any difference between using them?

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    Re: Dear Sir/Madam vs To Whom It May Concern

    #1 Find out the name of the person to whom it should be sent and use the name. This will always be best practice.

    #2 Only use "To Whom it May Concern " for documents such as refereences for which you cannot trace a name,

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    Re: Dear Sir/Madam vs To Whom It May Concern

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    #1 Find out the name of the person to whom it should be sent and use the name. This will always be best practice.

    #2 Only use "To Whom it May Concern " for documents such as refereences for which you cannot trace a name,
    Yes, I would agree. But I would never object receiving a letter addressed to me as "Dear Sir/Madam." It is a quite respectful way to begin, should the name not be known.

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