I can’t tell you how many times I have received cover letters and resumes that were addressed to a different person at a different company.
Job seekers can have a lot going on. They use templates (like this). They forget to change names and addresses. I’m not kidding. I’ve seen it on every search I’ve ever done. Even for C-level jobs.
I can’t think of a single time that I then interviewed the sender. Rather, I just wondered:
1. If their resume and cover letter were meant for me?
2. If their resume and cover letter were meant for the addressee and never found their way to that person?
Please, double check your cover letter’s addressee and address you before you hit send!
If your cover letter and resume aren’t headed to the right person, then it’s unlikely you will get an interview.
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Updated June 2017
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