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    FAO or FTAO or Attn:?

    What is the formal way of writing 'for the attention of'?
    Also, for a job application, to whom am I writing to (if name is not given)?

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    FAO,

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    boothy;8758616

    FAO,Dear Sir/Madam,



    Correct :thumbsup: :-D

    Some would consider it a sign of initiative and put you ahead of other applicants to find out the same of the person in charge of the recruitment. Quick call to the company "Hello, can you tell me the manager of Human Resources / Personnel Dept. please" Your application will then land on the desk of the top-dog rather than an admin assistant.

    If you don't have a name, you are writing to the company itself, so you start with Dear Sirs.

    If you have an individual's name, you start Dear Sir (or Madam as appropriate) or Dear Mr(s) Lastname

    Signing off protocol is:

    If you start with Dear Sir(s), you end with Yours faithfully.

    If you start with Dear Mr Lastname, you end with Yours sincerely.

    Purepatch;8758750

    Some would consider it a sign of initiative and put you ahead of other … Some would consider it a sign of initiative and put you ahead of other applicants to find out the same of the person in charge of the recruitment. Quick call to the company "Hello, can you tell me the manager of Human Resources / Personnel Dept. please" Your application will then land on the desk of the top-dog rather than an admin assistant.



    Like he says, +1

    You can always ring in a day or so and ask "just checking the CV arrived OK. What else would you like to know about me? Can you tell me the timescale you are looking at for the selection process?" - and see if you can wriggle yourself in to see the guy or the place etc.

    Purepatch;8758750

    Some would consider it a sign of initiative and put you ahead of other … Some would consider it a sign of initiative and put you ahead of other applicants to find out the same of the person in charge of the recruitment. Quick call to the company "Hello, can you tell me the manager of Human Resources / Personnel Dept. please" Your application will then land on the desk of the top-dog rather than an admin assistant.


    incorrect - I worked for the personnel department at Debenhams and all mail, irrelevant of who it was addressed to, were sent to the admin staff. I now work for local government and all mail is opened by the post room.
    usingenglish.com/res…tml - check out here and it will give you some pointers

    Oi to the bloke or ladies that what is going to give me's a job innit = FAO :thumbsup:

    Purepatch;8758750

    Some would consider it a sign of initiative and put you ahead of other … Some would consider it a sign of initiative and put you ahead of other applicants to find out the same of the person in charge of the recruitment. Quick call to the company "Hello, can you tell me the manager of Human Resources / Personnel Dept. please" Your application will then land on the desk of the top-dog rather than an admin assistant.



    Most companies these days have admin people who open all post to pass to relevant department. Just because someones wrote to someone in particular, doesnt mean they are best to deal with it. So normally (as happens in my place) admin open it and if it is relevant for that person it will go to them along with all the other post for that person, whether it was personally addressed or not.

    boothy;8758616

    FAO,Dear Sir/Madam,



    This ...

    ...although I am not sure why you want to know about the FAO. if you are writing e.g. to the Human Resources dept you wouldn't use FAO - you would just put Human Resources dept at the top of the address.

    If you are replying to an advert which has given you the name of a person/dept, which it normally would, you similarly wouldn't use FAO, you would put the name and then next line the dept./whatever on the envelope.
    I'm thinking that the latter is the case , so you know the name of the person to whom you are writing and that will be therefore be the salutation i.e. Dear Ms/Mrs/Miss/Mr/Lord X unless you want to be particularly formal, which is OK as well.

    starsparkle2311;8760844

    Yeh, but it's still nice to be addressed to that particular person isn't … Yeh, but it's still nice to be addressed to that particular person isn't it? Not necessarily a big deal whoever it's addressed to, but sometimes the effort, however small, makes the difference?:)



    Trouble is that it could go either way - looking a bit 'Apprentice' when all the info you needed was in the advert. Also no guarantee that the telephone bod will give you the correct info!!:w00t:

    Dear Sir/Madam

    SEXY CONTENTS INSIDE

    that should get their attention

    numptyj;8760900

    Dear Sir/MadamSEXY CONTENTS INSIDEthat should get their attention



    Straight in the bin!!:roll:

    starsparkle2311;8760966

    This is true, thanks Chesso, oh ye wise woman of HUKD:pTBH I've just got … This is true, thanks Chesso, oh ye wise woman of HUKD:pTBH I've just got back from the jobcentre today and if it weren't for my good sense of humour I would have cried, an unreal experience, I was basically told not to apply for 3/4 of the scarce jobs available in my town because I have kids!!! I did LOL.It's a long story, but believe it or not, I do want to work. Being told NOT to apply for a job because I have kids seriously peed me off. If I'm lucky enough to get a job, I'll sort some sort of childcare out, a little help from the JC concerning this would help, especially as I'm asking for that help,lol. Maybe Davy boy and his little sidekick Nick can sort this out? We'll see.................Oh and btw, hi how are you? Would you believe, even in the baltics of Northumberland it is roasting today? Absolutely glorious weather,I'm loving it man,lol:)


    Hang in there, GSOH and all.

    I must say I haven't ever heard anything good at all about our local JB+ - they won't even give an interview to anyone not actually on benefits :w00t:

    Get those applications in anyway. As you say, sort out the childcare as and when.

    Sunny here as well; we're just about to depart for a long dog walk!! 'Ye wise woman' signing out!:-D

    Original Poster

    Thanks everyone for the advice and help. Rep given.
    It was a response to an advert in the paper. Only company name and address was given. No telephone. Hence was not sure which name to write after fao on the envelope.
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