It can be a difficult situation when you need to ask someone for help of any kind. This tough task can become slightly easier if instead of talking face to face, you write a letter asking for help. However, you have to be careful how you ask as you should neither appear commanding nor subservient. The tone should be polite and the letter concise.
Here are some helpful tips to write a help letter:
- Remember to keep your dignity even if you are asking for help.
- Do not go on and on with describing your problem, remember that you are asking for help not sympathy. Make the letter concise and to the point.
- Also mention your readiness to return the favor in the near future. If you are asking for money, then mention the exact date when you plan to return it.
- Check the letter for grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors as these are not permissible.
Sample Help Letter
Date: __________(Date on which the letter was written)
Subject: Letter asking for help
I am in an unfortunate situation where my wife is admitted in hospital and I am running short on money as I recently bought a car and her insurance does not cover the illness she is suffering from. I had not anticipated this turn of events and hence could not provide for them. I have been a committed employee of your organization ABC since the last 5 years and before this I have never requested for any kind of financial aid from my employers, but now I am in a situation where I have to request a loan of $1000 which I promise to repay in installments every month from my salary. I hope as a senior manager, you will understand my predicament and help me out of this situation
Looking forward to your positive response.
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