Hi,

I'm trying to do a paper on business letter writing. And I've found some general information about the rules and the layout of "business letters". While I was doing the research, I found a lot of passages talking about the letters for job hunting. I'm not sure whether I could put these kinds of letters under the topic of "business letter writing" or rather they belong to personal letters. Your ideas will help me a lot. Thank you for your attention.
ahava yin,

Cover letters for job applications are definitely business letters. The reason is that you wouldn't write a cover letter to a friend or relative. You would only write a cover letter to a businesss where you wanted to be employed. And when you wrote that letter, you would use formal English. For example, when writing to friends, I usually skip all the inside address stuff. Not so when writing a cover letter.

I hope this helps. If you need more information, don't hesitate to ask.

MountainHiker
Thank you MountainHiker. Yes, your note helps a lot. I thought business letters were those written and received by businessmen on both sides. I was wrong.Emotion: smile Thank you.
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Hi MountainHiker,

Need your favor again. I found something about official letters. Is that a kind of letter written by citizens in order to discuss something about election, public benifits that sort of things with the government? Do people usually write to the officials in your country? Does that help enhance government's work? What other things would be carried by an official letter besides elections? Thank you for your attention. You really helped me a lot already. Thank you.
ahava yin,
I thought business letters were those written and received by businessmen on both sides.


It needs to be related to business. You could be a consumer complaining about a defect in a product. You still need to use a business letter.

Is that a kind of letter written by citizens in order to discuss something about election, public benifits that sort of things with the government? Do people usually write to the officials in your country?


Do people usually write? It depends on the person. Some people don't even vote. Other people write when something really moves them. Perhaps the government is planning to build a prison nearby and they are upset. Then they will write. Still others will write on a frequent basis. Some people love politics and are deeply involved. How much, if at all, people write to elected officials spans the entire spectrum.

Does that help enhance government's work?


I would like to think that it does. But it might not. It probably depends on the circumstances and the government in power.

Sometimes a government is entrenched into a position, either by choice or circumstance, and public opinion is unlikely to have much effect in the short-run. If a government is involved in a war, or if the economy is in deep recession, the public's opinion is unlikely to have much effect.

What other things would be carried by an official letter besides elections?


1) Complaint letters
2) Letters of introduction
3) Inquiries or requests for information
4) Letters to the Editor (newspapers)
5) Public letters (you might wish to write a public letter in a newspaper to voice your opinion)

That's all I think of right now. If I think of more later, I will come back and post again. I hope others add to the list as well.

MountainHiker
Hi MountainHiker,

I really appreciate your help. Now it's getting much clear to me. Many thankssssEmotion: smile
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ahava yin,

My pleasure.

MountainHiker
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