How Do You Write a Letter About Yourself?

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When constructing a letter about yourself, address the letter to the appropriate recipient, such as a friend, family member or potential employee; start the letter with an interesting fact or detail about personality traits or accomplishments to hook the reader; and write about interests, hobbies, work history, academic success, goals and dreams. The letter should have a friendly-yet-professional tone with the proper use of grammar, punctuation and spelling.

When introducing yourself in a letter, provide background information about city of residence, schools attended, jobs or tasks completed, degrees awarded, athletic team participation, extracurricular activities, volunteer engagements, and likes and dislikes. For example, a person may want to share how he volunteered at an animal shelter and further explain that his interests and love for animals were fostered during childhood or influenced by a prominent figure in the community.

When writing about extracurricular activities and athletic participation, note accomplishments, awards or medals received, but also detail the significance of these experiences and skills gained, such as learning how to work with a team, improving athletic skills or obtaining leadership qualities while assisting others involved in the activity. Close the letter by thanking the recipient for his time and providing contact information in case further information is desired.