When submitting a cover letter as part of an online application (via a job board or a company's web site), what is the current standard preferred opening? Is it "Dear Sirs"? "Dear Sir/Madam"? "To Whom It May Concern?" Or something else?
Also, in one of the Career Tools interviewing podcasts, Mark mentions the importance of the applicant including in the closing paragraph of the cover letter a promise to follow-up with the hiring manager. Is this relevant/necessary when you submit a cover letter as part of your application through a company's job web site? In other words, you don't know the name or title of the person who is going to read your cover letter, so how can you offer to follow up?