Archive for the ‘Letter Writing’ Category

Get That Application Letter Right

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

There are two main types of application letters; job application letters and college admission application letters. These letters are very important because they are the first thing about you that the addressee of the letter will see. That’s right; they will see your application cover letter before they have had ...

Don’t Neglect Your Resume Cover Letter

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Recently, I was helping out both my daughter and a friend with the job application process. During this period I was reminded of how the focus among most job applicants is almost entirely on the resume or cv. Most often, the cover letter gets lost in the rush to apply, ...

How To Keep A Letter On One Page

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

One of the key pieces of advice I include in all of my letter writing kits is that you should always try hard to keep a letter on a single page. In fact, about five years ago I made a post to this blog on that very subject. This article ...

How To Write A Reference Letter

Monday, November 30th, 2015

At some point in life, many of us are asked by someone we know to write a general character reference letter on their behalf. If you haven’t been asked yet, it is likely you will be at some point. In fact, keyword searches and direct requests for information and samples ...

How Not To Write A Letter

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Just yesterday I was asked to review a letter that had been written on behalf of an organization with which I am involved. Sadly, if I was grading it, I would have to give it a mark of 6 out of 10, at best. This particular letter was addressed to ...

Make Sure Your Words and Phrases Flow…

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

A common weakness I see almost everywhere in day-to-day writing is poor logical flow from one idea or point to the next. This usually takes the form of a bunch of seemingly unrelated phrases thrown together with little or no sense of sequence, continuity, logic, or relativity. Not only can ...

Complaint Letters Always Get Action

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

There is an old expression that states “the squeaky wheel always gets the grease”. My overwhelming experience over the years proves that this is absolutely true! If you don’t express your concern about a problem or issue to someone in charge, things will never change. I have also found that ...

Personal and Business Letters – The Top Ten

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

As webmaster of a number of writing help websites, over the years I have come to understand that all written letters can be divided into two broad categories: personal letters or business letters. This article contains my definitions of both personal letters and business letters, and provides links to samples ...

7 Key Letter Writing Essentials

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The main reason why I started my network of writing help websites more than a decade ago was to provide people with practical letter writing help. Even though I later branched out to cover a wider variety of writing-related and publishing-related subjects, letter writing is still the number one subject ...

Don’t Forget To Write Goodbye

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

I have noticed that one of the most frequently visited pages on my main writing help website is the sample goodbye letter. The template that I have posted there is a typical farewell letter of the type that I recommend you write whenever you are leaving one organization to take ...