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Transmittal letters (a.k.a. cover letters) are so universal. God knows how many millions of transmittal letters are written and sent every day.
Every proposal, application, resume, and document package needs a transmittal letter. It’s a must.
Yet most people do not feel comfortable in whipping up a cover letter on the spot. There is usually a resistance in writing such business letters since people usually don’t know what to say in it. They are concerned that they’ll end up saying either too little or too much and perhaps even damage the business relationship, all because of a one-page letter.
Here are some guidelines to make your job easier.
Here are the main parts of a transmittal letter:
Heading (Your Address)
Body (which includes 4 sub-parts)
1. Reason for the letter
2. Statement of facts
3. Request or follow-up
4. Contact information
Here is a sample letter:
123 Broad Street
Seattle, WA 87778
September 22, 2010
1167 Montezuma Drive
Arlington, VA 23312
Dear Mr. Bagrawani,
As ACME Corporation we are pleased submit for your consideration the enclosed proposal in response to your RFP #234-RT to upgrade your client-server architecture. Our proposal offers the latest technology to upgrade your legacy systems with ample room to accommodate any cloud-computing applications as well.
We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions that you might have. Please feel free to contact me at (934) 555-1234 ext. 55 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President, Marketing