Sexist cover letters?

Subject: Sexist cover letters?
From: "Dave L. Meek's User Account" <dave -at- ROGUE -dot- DISC-SYNERGY -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 1995 13:14:13 -0700

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>From: Arthur Comings <atc -at- corte-madera -dot- geoquest -dot- slb -dot- com>
>Subject: Sexist cover letters?
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>What do you use as a greeting in the cover letters you enclose with
>your resumes? Nothing I've tried lately feels just right, including
>the following:

>Dear Sir:
>Dear Sir or Madam: [might be appropriate for Nevada]
>Dear HR Department:
>Dear HR Department Staff:

> You can guess where I am career-wise right now, and I'd appreciate a
> few thoughts from the savants and sinners that inhabit Tech World.
> [ -- soon to be a major Disney theme area, complete with 8-foot
> talking figures representing the top ten members of the Tech Writers'
> Hall of Fame.]

When I was job-hunting, I always addressed my cover letter/resume
package to a specific person. Then I would use
"Dear Mr. X" or "Dear Ms. Y." The one-and-only time I couldn't
get a specific name, I was told to use "Dear Human Resources."
Sounded odd to me, but that's what they wanted.

To do this, you will need to call the potential employer for the

Dave Meek

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