Do you need to write a business letter? Not sure about the best layout to use or what to include in your letter? It's important that all the business letters you write are properly formatted and professional in appearance. When you are writing to prospective employers, colleagues, professional and business connections, the layout of your letter is almost as important as what you are writing. If the letter isn't formatted correctly, doesn't have enough space between paragraphs, and uses a non_traditional font style or size, it can reflect poorly on you.
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.