2 For friends you can use Your or Love, followed by your first name. No full stop.
3 In formal letters first write your signature and underneath your initials and surname. You can optionally put your job title and company name on the line beneath this. In informal letters write your first name and, if necessary, your surname. No full stop.
Write Enclosed: and then write what you have enclosed.
In the Times of 21st January I read your advertisement for the post of head nurse at your hospital. I would like to apply for this position.
As you will see from my CV I am presently employed at Emmeloord Municipal Hospital as head of the nursing staff. Although I enjoy my work very much I would prefer to work at a hospital where open-heart surgery is conducted regularly. Your hospital has a very good reputation in this field and working at your institution would enable me to expand my professional knowledge and experience.
I am a fully qualified nurse and have been head of the nursing staff at Emmeloord Municipal Hospital for the last four years. I have already assisted at several open-heart operations at our hospital and am familiar with the latest techniques. Furthermore I expect to complete a special course in nursing this type of patients next month.
I have lived and worked in Great Britain before and my control of the English language is at near-native-speaker level.
I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience and would be more than happy to visit you at the hospital to discuss further details.
J. van der Tuin
Enclosed: curriculum vitae
CURRICULUM VITAE PERSONAL DETAILS Surname Van der Tuin
2 D. Thomas, Head of nursing staff, St Stephen's Hospital, London. Tel. 01-234455677
Example of a formal letter Diezestraat 15
8303 DA Emmeloord
Tel.:31 527 123456
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
4th June 2013
Voluntary Services Overseas
I read your advertisement West Africa Needs You in yesterday's Volkskrant. I am very interested in becoming a volunteer, because I think that everybody must help to achieve better circumstances in Africa. The information meeting you mentioned in the advertisement sounds interesting, but I would like to receive some more information before I can decide to do participate.
First of all I would like to know how much the school fees are per month. And are these fees only to be paid for the one month of project evaluation, or also for the six months of training at the Travelling Folk High School?
Then I would like to know if there is a minimum education limit for participation in this project.
Finally, would you please send me some more information about the living circumstances in the villages in Guinnee Bissau?
I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.
A. van Beveren
Enclosed: an addressed envelope
Example of an informal letter Emmeloord, 4th July 2014
Dear auntie Susan,
It’s been a long time since we last met, so I thought I’d drop you a line to bring you up to date on what’s been happening lately.
I suppose the most important thing is that Mum’s job is more secure now than when we first moved here six months ago. At the beginning of the year, when she got the job, we thought it might be only temporary, but we just learned that she will be offered a permanent job. Obviously this is great, since now we can look for a permanent home. I really like this new town and I’m having a great time at my new school, so I’m really thrilled that we won’t have to move again anytime soon.
My parents are also really happy here. I hope Dad will be able to find a job soon, too. He’s been looking around, but so far he has not been able to find a suitable position. For the moment he spends most of his time pottering around in the garden.
We see quite a lot of my sister too. She lives in the next town, which is only 13 miles away from here. I’m happy that I see her more often than before, when lived far away from us and she came around only once a month or so.
So what about you these days? Are you still stuck in that old job? Since my dad’s having such difficulties finding a suitable job, I now understand your reluctance to give up that boring job. There’s nothing worse than filling in endless application forms with no idea of what it will lead to.
Anyway, I’ve got I’ve got a lot of studying to do for my English literature test, so I guess I’ll better get to it now. Please drop me a line soon.