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andrewhbrooks
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Andrew B Member Since: Oct 21, 2016
1 of 9

I'm new on here - where are the client names listed? I've made two proposals so far and only after I've sent a proposal was I able to locate the name of the client. It would help to have this up-front so I don't have to start my cover letter with "Dear Sir or Madam."

 

What am I missing?

 

Thanks

AB

mtngigi
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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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2 of 9

Forget using "dear" anything ... a simple "hello" or nothing at all will suffice.

 

Clients remain anonymous until  bids are submitted and depending on how they set up their account, you may or may not be able to glean any more info from their name.

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datasciencewonk
Community Guru
Kat C Member Since: Jul 11, 2016
3 of 9

We're in the same field....

 

Personalize the proposal to the job rather than to the person advertising the job (they might not even be the end client). The editing jobs receive a hailstorm of proposals and so if you have an editing and writing niche I'd work that angle.

 

 

 

 

 

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
4 of 9

Clients don't expect you to refer to them by name or use traditional snail mail salutations.

I've never even noticed if client names were shown or not.

tlsanders
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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
5 of 9

Starting with a formal greeting as if this were a cover letter is a mistake. When clients see your proposal preview, the see only the first couple of lines before deciding whether or not to open your proposal. Don't waste that space.

andrewhbrooks
Active Member
Andrew B Member Since: Oct 21, 2016
6 of 9

Thanks, all! Guess I'll stick to "Hello" - or nothing at all.

A

stencil_media
Community Guru
Scott E Member Since: Jul 26, 2015
7 of 9

Hi Andrew!

 

I like to use the name if it's there, but if not, then a simple, hi, hello, howdy or ahoy there should do the job. 

"Welcome, humans. I'm ready for you!"
- Box, Logan's Run (1976)
datasciencewonk
Community Guru
Kat C Member Since: Jul 11, 2016
8 of 9
You could start with:

"Hello... Is it me you're looking for..."

😂
andrewhbrooks
Active Member
Andrew B Member Since: Oct 21, 2016
9 of 9

I'd have to change my name to Lionel...

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