How to set out a formal letter
Emails and texts could soon signal the end of letter writing, but you may need to write an important letter at some point, perhaps to a potential employer or a business colleague. Follow these steps to enable you to write a perfectly structured letter, whether on a computer or by hand.
What you'll need:
A piece of paper, preferably A4
...or a computer
The first step of letter writing must be your address, which should be written in the upper right hand corner of the page.
The date that you write the letter should then be written below your address on the right hand side.
Then, on the left hand side of the page but underneath the date, you should write the recipient's address.
Then below your address should be the name of the person you are writing to, or simply, "Dear Sir/Madam," if you are unsure who the recipient will be.
The main body of your letter will then come below this.
Finally, end the letter with "Yours sincerely," and sign your name at the bottom. If you have addressed this to "Sir/Madam", then you should end with "Yours faithfully," instead.
Following these steps will now show the recipient that you know how to structure a letter, a skill that a surprisingly large amount of people do not have, and give a good first impression of yourself to the recipient.
If writing by hand, remember to try and keep the writing in straight lines, a line guide underneath the paper will help you achieve this.
If you are writing in pen, try not to smudge the ink.