In these days of email and instant messaging, letter writing is becoming a lost art, and especially the formal letter. I’m pretty sure that formal letter rules are still taught in schools, but very little of it sticks. If you’re an executive or other high_ranking person within an organization, you can probably rely on your secretary or assistant to handle the niceties of letter writing, but for everyone else, knowing how to write a strong letter ourselves is important.
A Note About Email Business Letters. It might be tempting to leave out the closing when you're communicating by email, but don't give in to that temptation. Although no_closing emails are perfectly fine for everyday communication with your friends and teammates, they'll seem brusque – or worse, unprofessional – to people you don't know as well. You should also use a business letter closing when you're corresponding with someone professionally about an important issue, whether it's a new project or a job opportunity.