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1 Advanced Technical Writing Lecture 10 Writing Letters 1/7/2008

2 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed2 Types of Letters Cover Letter Cover Letter Acceptance Letter Acceptance Letter Acknowledgment letters Acknowledgment letters Adjustment letters Adjustment letters Application letters Application letters Complaint letters Complaint letters Correspondence … good news and bad news letters Correspondence … good news and bad news letters Inquiry letters and responses Inquiry letters and responses Reference letters ( Recommendation letter) Reference letters ( Recommendation letter) Refusal letters Refusal letters Resignation letters Resignation letters Technical information letters Technical information letters

3 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed3 Letter Format Two common Format: 1 - Full Block Style 2 - Modified Block Style

4 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed4 Full Block Your address The recipient address Date Dear Mr./Ms recipient last name: Body Complimentary close Space for Signature Typed name

5 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed5 Modified Block Style Your address The recipient address Date Dear Mr./Ms recipient last name: Body Complimentary close Space for Signature Typed name

6 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed6 Instructions 1. Establish your objectives 2. Determine your reader’s attitude and needs 3. Prepare an outline 4. Write the first draft 5. Allow a cooling period 6. Revise the draft

7 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed7 Hints Tone: Imagine the reader sitting across the desk Imagine the reader sitting across the desk Keep the language neutral Careful choice of words Careful choice of words

8 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed8 Cover Letter Letter of application (cover letter) is a sales letter Main Objective is to get the job interview Letter of application (cover letter) is a sales letter Main Objective is to get the job interview  Identifies the item being sent  The person to whom it is being sent  The reason for sending it

9 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed9 Cover Letter Each letter should also make specific references to the company and indicate your knowledge of and interest in the work the company is currently doing. Each letter should also make specific references to the company and indicate your knowledge of and interest in the work the company is currently doing. The cover letter also allows you to highlight the most important and relevant accomplishments, skills, and experience listed in your resume. The cover letter also allows you to highlight the most important and relevant accomplishments, skills, and experience listed in your resume.

10 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed10 Cover Letter Should provide the following information 1. Identify an employment area 2. Point out your source of information 3. Summarize your qualification 4. Refer the reader to your r é sum é 5. Ask for interview

11 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed11 Content of the Cover Letter In the first paragraph, you should state what job you are applying for and how you learned about it. In the first paragraph, you should state what job you are applying for and how you learned about it. You should also state your general qualifications for the job. You should also state your general qualifications for the job. Pick out the most relevant qualifications listed in your resume and discuss them in detail Pick out the most relevant qualifications listed in your resume and discuss them in detail Be as specific as possible, and refer the reader to your resume for additional details. Be as specific as possible, and refer the reader to your resume for additional details. State where and when you can be reached, and express your willingness to come to an interview or supply further information. State where and when you can be reached, and express your willingness to come to an interview or supply further information.

12 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed12 Cover Latter Example John Jackson 34 Second Street Troy, New York October 4, 1999 John Jackson 34 Second Street Troy, New York October 4, 1999 Mr. James Roberts Recruiting Coordinator Department DRR 1201 Database Corporation Princeton, New Jersey Mr. James Roberts Recruiting Coordinator Department DRR 1201 Database Corporation Princeton, New Jersey 05876

13 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed13 Cover Latter Example Continue Dear Mr. Roberts: Dear Mr. Roberts: Your advertisement for software engineers in the January issue of the IEEE Spectrum caught my attention. I was drawn to the ad by my strong interest in both software design and Database. I have worked with a CALMA system in developing VLSI circuits, and I also have substantial experience in the design of interactive CAD software. Because of this experience, I can make a direct and immediate contribution to your department. I have enclosed a copy of my resume, which details my qualifications and suggests how I might be of service to Database.

14 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed14 Cover Latter Example Continue I would like very much to meet with you to discuss your open positions for software engineers. If you wish to arrange an interview, please contact me at the above address or by telephone at (518) Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely yours, Joseph Smith Joseph Smith

15 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed15 More examples For Cover Latter in your Text Pages 57-59

16 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed16 Acceptance Letters This letter is written in order to accept a received job offer. It should be written within a week of receiving the offer. The format is as follow

17 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed17 Acceptance Letters Example 230 Elnaser St. Gaza, Palestine 19/8/2004 Dr. Basil Hamed General Manager Mechatronics Company 22 Omer Al-moktar St. Gaza, Palestine Dear Dr. hamed: I am very happy to accept your offer for a position as a computer engineer at a salary of $ , per a month. Since graduation in July 25, I plan to move to Gaza from Khan Younes this month. I should be locating to a suitable living accommodation within a week and be ready to report for work on Saturday, August 26th. Please let me know if this date OK to you. I look forward to work for you and join a great team. Sincerely, Ahmed Ali

18 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed18 Acknowledgment Letters In this letter you acknowledge receiving an item (letter, box, or something). It serves as a good public relation practice. In this letter you mention what and when items are received in a short and polite manner.

19 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed19 Acknowledgment Letters Example Rocky Tech Corp. 112 Jamal Abed Nasser St. Gaza, Palestine October 3, 2004 Mr. Ayman Majeed, Salesman 102 Mannara Square Ramalla, Palestine Dear Mr. Majeed: I received your shipment of ten digital multimeters today; the shipment seems To be complete and in good shape. Thank you for sending it on time. After the multimeters passing our tests, we will send you a check with the last payment covering the cost of this purchase. Sincerely, Ahmed Ali, General Manager

20 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed20 Complaint Letters When customers are not satisfied with goods and services that are offered by businesses, they write complaint letters asking for fixing these situations. In order to be more effective, the tone of the letter should not be angry. In order to obtain a positive response, you should not vent your anger in the letter. You should state your claim supported by factual evidence and ask for adjustment.

21 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed21 Complaint Letters Example Islamic University of GazaMajed Imran PO Box 108, Kan Yunis, Palestine Gaza, Palestine28, June, 2006 Attention: ECE Department Head On June 16, I filed for an incomplete grade in the Power Systems course. All the supporting items were attached which included a medical doctor report, medical supporting items were attached which included a medical doctor report, medical prescription, and the hospital check out papers. On June 23 I received a denial for my incomplete application without any explanation. I immediately contacted the department with a note explaining my situation. Not only I received no explanation but also I was advised to just forget about it. Please either send me a explanation for the denial or else advise me with the steps and procedures that I need to take to fix this problem. Sincerely, Majed Imran 5th year Electrical Engineering student

22 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed22 Correspondence Letter The Correspondence Latter Can be:  Good news Letter  Bad news Letter

23 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed23 Good News Letter 1. Good news 2. Explanation or facts 3. Goodwill Example text page 150

24 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed24 Good News Letter Example Good News Please accept our offer for the position of assistant professor in the department of electrical engineering at IUG. Explanation if the terms we discussed in the interview are acceptable to you, please come in at 9:30 a.m. on September 5, at that time we will ask you….... Goodwill example Everyone here at IUG is looking forward to working with you. We all were very favorably impressed with you during the interview

25 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed25 Bad News Letters Buffer Buffer Bad news Bad news Goodwill Goodwill Example text page 149

26 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed26 Bad News Letters Example Buffer Thank you for your time and effort in applying for the position of assistant professor in the department of electrical engineering at IUG Bad News Since we need someone who can assume the duties here with experience, we have selected an applicant with over ten years of experience. Goodwill I am sure that with your excellent college record you will find a position in another University.

27 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed27 Inquiry Letter Two types : 1. Provides benefit to the reader Example: Asking about a product the company recently advertised Example: Asking about a product the company recently advertised 2. Provides benefits to the writer Example: Asking the public utility for information on energy-related project you are developing Example: Asking the public utility for information on energy-related project you are developing

28 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed28 Inquiry Letter Objective: to obtain, within a reasonable period of time, answers to specific questions. Examples: text page,

29 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed29 Sample Letter of Recommendation XYZ Company 123 XYZ Way New York City NY (123) Fax (123) February 1, 2000 February 1, 2000 To Whom it May Concern: I've been Holly Smith's manager for over six years. While I wish her only the best and fully understand that she must advance her career, I'm truly sorry to see her go. It has been a pleasure having her on my team. Holly is a professional technical writer of the highest caliber, who meticulously researches, formats, edits and proofs her documents. I've received many compliments from customers who rely on Holly's documentation. Management and personnel in tech support, engineering, technical training, and other departments praise her work. Holly is an innovative self-starter, who rarely needs supervision. She is punctual and typically exceeds expectations. She handles pressure well, and will voluntarily work overtime and take work home to meet a deadline. For example, we received a rush order from one of our customers for a complex product modification, including critical user documentation. Holly not only made the extremely tight deadline, but beat it; yet she still produced a stellar, technically-accurate addendum for the standard user manual. Sales, marketing, training and engineering were quite pleased with Holly's performance in this crunch. Even our CEO was impressed, and our customer was ecstatic. customer was ecstatic. This is just one example among many of Holly's superior skills and admirable work ethics. This is just one example among many of Holly's superior skills and admirable work ethics. Holly is an invaluable asset to any technical communications department, and I highly recommend hiring her. If you'd like to discuss her attributes in more detail, please don't hesitate to contact me. Sincerely,[Signature] John Doe Manager, Technical Communications Ext. 245,

30 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed30 Resignation Letter Sample [Your Name] [Street City State Zip Code] [Phone # Fax phone # Messages phone # ] [Date today] [Recipient's name] [Company name] [Address] Dear [Recipient's name]: Please accept this letter as my formal notice of resignation from [Company name], effective [date, two weeks from date above]. The associations I've made during my employment here will truly be memorable for years to come. Please accept this letter as my formal notice of resignation from [Company name], effective [date, two weeks from date above]. The associations I've made during my employment here will truly be memorable for years to come. I hope a two-week notice is sufficient for you to find a replacement for me. If I can help to train my replacement or tie up any loose ends, please let me know. I hope a two-week notice is sufficient for you to find a replacement for me. If I can help to train my replacement or tie up any loose ends, please let me know. Thank you very much for the opportunity to work here. Thank you very much for the opportunity to work here.Sincerely, [Sign here] [Your name, title]

31 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed31 Retirement Letter Sample Your Name Your Address Your City, State, Zip Code Your Phone Number Your Your Name Your Address Your City, State, Zip Code Your Phone Number Your Date Date Name Title Organization Address City, State, Zip Code Name Title Organization Address City, State, Zip Code Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name: Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name: I would like to inform you that I am retiring from my position with Smith Agency, effective August 1. I would like to inform you that I am retiring from my position with Smith Agency, effective August 1. Thank you for the opportunities for professional and personal development that you have provided me over the years. I have enjoyed working for the agency and appreciate the support provided me during my tenure with the company. Thank you for the opportunities for professional and personal development that you have provided me over the years. I have enjoyed working for the agency and appreciate the support provided me during my tenure with the company. While I look forward to enjoying my retirement, I will miss working for the company. If I can be of any assistance during this transition, please let me know. While I look forward to enjoying my retirement, I will miss working for the company. If I can be of any assistance during this transition, please let me know. Your Signature Your Signature Your Typed Name Your Typed Name

32 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed32 It is time for the new assignment

33 Islamic UniversityDr. Basil Hamed33 Assignment 7 I. Write a cover letter for any (from internet, newspaper,…) announced job. Need to include the ad. II. You bought something (computer, book, electronic instrument) from the internet, when you received it was not in good shape. Write a complaint letter to the company. Due Next Tuesday


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