***Professional letter evaluating how the things we’ve completed in english class “critical response, visual analysis, logical fallacies, rogerian argument, and argument research” will help or benefit me outside of class” The elements of a professional letter · Heading o Include your full name, address, phone number o Current date · Salutation o Begin your letter salutation with “Dr./Mr./Ms. Last Name.” If you are unsure if your contact is male or female, you can write out their full name. If you do not know the recipients name, use a nonsexist salutation such as their job title: “Dear manager of X company.” · Body paragraphs: o single space and left justify each paragraph within the body of the letter. Leave a blank line between each paragraph. When writing a business letter, be careful to remember that conciseness is very important. In the first paragraph, consider a friendly opening and then a statement of the main point. The next paragraph should begin justifying the importance of the main point. In the next few paragraphs, continue justification with background information and supporting details. The closing paragraph should restate the purpose of the letter and, in some cases, request some type of action. o Introduction § Begin your introduction by stating what your purpose is, what you hope to achieve, and any other important information. § Your goal in the introduction is to get the reader’s attention. o Body § Elaborate and include more details about what you outlined in the first paragraph. Include examples, descriptions, and other important details. o Closing § Wrap up and summarize your points. · Signature o Use a complimentary close, and then end your cover letter with your signature, followed by your typed name followed by your contact information. · Edit Your Letter o Remember to apply academic tone and accurate grammar and edit your cover letter before sending it. It may sound silly, but make sure you include the correct names. Reading the letter aloud is a good way to catch small typos, such as missing words. Always double-check the spelling of your contact’s name, as well as the company name.