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    Another question about motivation letters

    Hello,

    I want to apply for European Voluntary Service programme and become a volunteer. To do so, I need to write a motivation letter. But I am hesitant about the style of letter. Should it be formal or not? What words it should begin with? I read somewhere that starting with words “Dear Sir/Madam” is not a good idea. So could you guys please help me? Every your advice on writing the motivation letter for this programme will be appreciated!!!

    Thank you all in advance!

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    Re: Another question about motivation letters

    It's better if you can find a name of the person you're writing to, but if you can't then I don't see what's wrong with 'Dear Sir or Madam'. In a motivational letter, I would follow the conventions of formal writing, but might use more expressive language than normal as you have to try to convey your enthusiasm.

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    Re: Another question about motivation letters

    I agree with Tdol - if you know the names of the people to whom you're writing, then use them. Otherwise "Dear Sir or Madam" is the accepted greeting.

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