I know the hiring supervisor's name. Is it okay to open the cover letter with "Dear Sir Full Name"?

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    Does he have a knighthood? – KillingTime Mar 18 '20 at 15:33
  • Lol good question. I honestly don't know. – soobster Mar 18 '20 at 15:38
  • Wasn't "Sir Full Name" the overfed and squatty younger child of Sir First Name? – Cascabel Mar 18 '20 at 16:08
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    @Rattler I think you are thinking of "Sir Last Name" who famously died without children. – DJClayworth Mar 18 '20 at 16:16
  • The hiring supervisor is unlikely to have a knighthood. – Weather Vane Mar 18 '20 at 18:43


"Sir Full Name" is only used when the person is a knight.

Use either "Dear Full Name" or "Dear Mr Lastname" (or "Dr Lastname etc."), or "Dear Sir" (without a name).

"Sir" only applies to men. "Madam" is the female equivalent, "Dear Sir/Madam" if you don't know which to use.

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