I am very new to the German language and am wondering what the proper formal greeting would be for a cover letter to a potential employer?


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Almost always correct (unless you know the name of the person you're addressing):

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

hiermit bewerbe ich mich auf Ihr Stellenangebot in der Zeitung/im Internet/.... etc... etc...

Mit freundlichen Grüssen


There are subtle differences in whether to set a comma after the greeting, depending on the spelling rules in use. I can't quite say for certain which would be the current version.

Also be aware that you have to use formal language (so no "Du" or "Dein") and all occurences of "Ihr", "Ihnen" oder "Sie" meaning the recipient must be written in capital letters.

  • On the comma issue: german.stackexchange.com/q/10465/3407
    – clinch
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 16:37
  • @clinch: Danke, entsprechend korrigiert.
    – PMF
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 21:09
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    "Grüssen" is for Switzerland only - in Germany you'd spell it "Grüßen".
    – Takkat
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 21:16
  • @Takkat: I know, but it's hard typing a ß on a swiss keyboard :-|
    – PMF
    Commented Jan 7, 2015 at 6:56

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