Business Letter Format: Review a formatted business letter with information on what to include in each section of your letter. When you are writing a business letter, it's important to include an appropriate salutation at the beginning. This is true whether you send your message via email or through the mail. Using an appropriate greeting sets the tone for your letter and shows the recipient that you understand basic rules of business etiquette.
However, before using a general salutation (or leaving off a salutation), try to find out the name of the person you are contacting. If you are applying or inquiring about a job and the hiring manager’s name is not included on the job listing, you might look up the title of the employer or hiring manager on the company website. If there is a contact number, you might also call and ask an administrative assistant for the name of the hiring manager. If you are sending a different type of letter, you can still look up the person’s name on the company website, or speak to an administrative assistant or contact at the company for the name of the person you are trying to reach.