Your business letter format, your letter writing format, and your business writing generally can say a great deal about you or your company.
Most letters today are prepared on a computer at a place of business where speed and efficiency are paramount.
The full-blocked letter with open punctuation is probably the most common choice and makes a very good business letter format. Everything would begin at the left margin.
A personal business letter, on the other hand -- written from a person to a business -- is probably written on a computer, but that is not necessarily so.
That individual might use the indented paragraphs and place the date at the centre of the page. It's a bit of an older style -- but is equally correct.
My preference is the full-block style with open punctuation. It's quick and easy. This would be an excellent format for writing a cover letter.
If you choose another style, you must be sure to use it correctly. There is nothing worse than a letter that does not sit well on the page and does not present itself well.
Writing and presenting your documents well will help to show off your good writing skills.
My philosophy when working with computers is that I will tell the computer software how I want my work to appear. I don't want the computer software to tell me how to set up my work.
I want to be able to control my own documents.
Here are a few of the most basic guidelines:
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