How to Get a Hiring Manager’s Name

Author: Debra Wheatman,

You’re graduating this May?  Yes! 

Time to land a full-time job.  After you find opportunities that interest you, it’s time to tailor your resume, write your cover letter and hit ‘Send’ . . . but wait, don’t forget one critical question: Who do you address your cover letter to? – WLC Career Development

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. . . getting a name is tough, very tough.  It can be done, though!  It takes work and a bit of sleuthing.  Anything that is worth something is worth working for – right?  So, here are some ways to get the all coveted grail: THE NAME.


Call the receptionist.  Try calling the receptionist at the company where you are applying.  You can ask him or her for the name of the person in human resources.  If you are nice and engage the person on the phone, you will likely come away with a name.

Ask to be directed to the HR department.  When calling a company, ask to be directed to the human resource department; you will likely get the voicemail of a person within the department.  Even if he or she is not the right person, when your resume shows up, he or she will pass it along to the appropriate counterpart in the department.

Use social media.  Use LinkedIn and Facebook to find people.  If you are on LinkedIn, you will need to do a lot of looking to identify people that are associated with the company.  Join affiliated groups so you can write to those people directly.  Is this sneaky?  Nope.  LinkedIn is a tool.  You need to know how to use it.  From there, you can introduce yourself to a person at your targeted company, network with them and obtain a name.

Network with everyone you know.  The rule of six degrees of separation is what networking is all about.  For every person you know, that person knows six people.  You can get names from friends, friends of friends, acquaintances, and many, many others.

Get a trade publication.  Why, you ask?  The trades publish newsworthy information about what is going on in a specific industry and continuously publish the names of people and companies.  It is a great way to maintain abreast of industry happenings too.  When people are promoted or move to a different company, a name is often published.

The internet is a wonderful tool.  Immediate access to information is only a click away.  Properly using the Internet to your advantage takes practice.  There is definitely the ‘art of the search.’  While you can spin your wheels a bit, the extra time doing so can prove fruitful.  Leave no stone unturned.

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