If you want to apply for a job, a visa, a passport or a scholarship you will need to write a formal letter. Layout is very important. You need to write your address in the top right-hand corner, and the name and address of the person you are writing to on the left hand side – on a line below your address. Below that you write the date, and below the date you write a salutation. Salutations in informal and formal letters always begin with “Dear”.
You then write your paragraph, and close the letter with a closing remark, such as, “I look forward to hearing from you,”. You end your letter with ‘yours faithfully’ if you’ve never met, written or spoken to that person before. For other letters and emails that come after you can write ‘yours sincerely’. You then sign your name and then print your name in capital letters. Look at the student’s example below to see what I mean.
Never say anything negative in a job application, and avoid words like ‘unfortunately’. You shouldn’t try to say too much. Just tell them that you have the skills and experience they are looking for, and how and when they can contact you. Write as well and as clearly as you can, but If you are an English language student, they won’t expect your writing to be perfect, so don’t work too much.