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Begin your letter with respect. Address the letter formally. Use "Dear Mr. Simon" rather than the casual "Hey, Joe."
Include an opening sentence stating when you last worked for the company. For example, type "As you may remember, I held the position of marketing analyst for Smith Innovations from May 2009 until June 2011."
Note one positive memory of your time working for the company. Try to choose something that you accomplished while there. For instance, state, "I still think fondly of working with the editing team during the first quarter of 2011 to prepare our SmithTech software release for launch."
Refer briefly to your reason for leaving without laying blame. Make statements such as, "I reluctantly left Smith Innovations to gain experience in management at Jones Productions," or "I received notice of my layoff from Smith Innovations during deep budget cuts
State your desired position. Opt for stating a position type -- for example, marketing analyst -- rather than naming a specific title, such as senior marketing production analyst, to increase your chances of placement.
Acknowledge that you may need to apply for the position and are willing to do so through approved channels.
Offer a new and added benefit to rehiring you. Cite any recent degrees or certifications and relevant work experience at other companies, using specific examples.
Include a resume with your letter and reference your inclusion of it.
Close your letter warmly. Thank the recipient for his time and wish him well. Type your closing comments followed by a closing such as "Sincerely" and leave four lines blank.
Type your name and print the letter. Use blue or black ink to sign your name between the closing and your typed name.