I have sent an academic job application with a cover letter starting "Dear Madam or Sir,..." and I've just realised that the correct form is instead "Dear Search Committee Chair,...". Have I made a huge mistake?

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Probably not. I doubt anyone is going to catch it and, if they do, they probably won't care.


You haven't even made a small mistake. The salutation you used is just fine. I actually like it better than the other idea you find (Search Committee Chair).

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