Tips for writing a Request Letter

A request letter can be a difficult challenge, but there are a few rules and tips that you can follow to make writing a request letter easier. Before commencing, take a look at the basics of a formal letter as this is a good place to start when writing a request letter.

A request letter should have a formal tone, along with precise, relevant and clear information. There is a purpose to your request letter and that needs to be clear throughout the letter, therefore you should always keep in mind the purpose of your letter. 

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Writing a request letter tips

1) Know the purpose of your request letter in advance

Before starting your request letter you need to know the exact purpose of your letter. You should have all the relevant information that you need regarding the purpose of your request letter. If it is time off work, you need the exact dates. Take a look at sending a request letter to find out more information.

2) Organise your ideas beforehand

If it is regarding a job vacancy you need to know the place where you saw it advertised along with the date. If there is any specific information that you need regarding your request letter you need to know it before you start writing. How to write a request letter has more information, ideas and helpful tips to help you get started.

3) Only include relevant information

When writing your request letter you should only include relevant information. The request letter should be specific, clear and precise. Try and limit your request letter to one page to avoid unnecessary text.

4) Follow formal letter guidelines

Following the guidelines of a formal letter you should add the recipients address in the top right hand corner, your address on the left hand side slightly underneath, have a clear objective (no more than one sentence) and try and find out and use the recipients full name before writing. This way it is a more direct approach rather then a generic letter. Take a look at all the request letter templates to see all the different kinds of request letters and adapt them to suit your preferences.

5) Maintain a formal tone throughout

Closing a request letter can be just as tricky as opening a request letter. You should maintain the formal tone throughout your letter including the closing sentences. Each closing sentence can be different because there are many different types of request letters. One possibility is for you to thank the recipient for taking the time to consider your letter.

6) Include reference to contact details

You should include contact details or reference to some contact details so the recipient can get in touch with you in the future. If you would like a response with immediate effect, you should also state this within the closing lines of your letter. Check out even more tips by taking a look at opening and closing a request letter to help get you started.

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