How to Use CC in a Business Letter

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How to Use CC in a Business Letter

CC or Carbon Copy is an important element of a business letter. Not many are aware of its actual placement in a letter. As such, we tell you how to use CC in a business letter, here.

Formal letters still hold a very important place in the business world. While e-mail has taken over most of our communication tools, some situations still require communication to be carried out via a formal letter on paper. Among all the elements of a business letter, there is one element known as CC, that may or may not be used in the letter. Here, we talk about the appropriate use and placement of this element in a business letter.

What is CC?

Before we understand how to use cc, we ought to understand what it means. CC refers to Carbon Copy, and consists of names of individuals to whom the letter has been sent along with the primary recipient of the letter. This is important, say in legal issues where you send a copy of the letter to the prime recipient as well as your lawyer, as a form of evidence. So how is CC used in a business letter?

Using CC in a Business Letter

Though the reference in this entire article has been made by writing CC in the upper case, in a business letter it can also be written in the lower case, i.e. cc. You may CC a letter to more than one recipient, and these names will be listed one below the other in the letter. The placement of the CC comes after you have ended the letter with your signature and name, and a mention of any other enclosures. Every recipient will notice a CC that consists of the names of the other recipients of this letter.

Given below is an example of the use of CC in a business letter, which will help you better understand how it is used.

Example of a Resignation Letter with CC


Manager’s Name
Company Name

Subject: Notice of Resignation

Salutation: Dear Ms./Mr.,

First Paragraph: Introductory Paragraph
Kindly accept this letter as my notice for resignation, which I intend to serve up to June 1, 2011. My last day at this organization will be May 31, 2011.

Second Paragraph: Body of Letter
I have been very satisfied with the kind of growth my career has seen in this organization, and have enjoyed every moment spent here. However, due to certain personal reasons, I am forced to relocate to another city (mention city name) and pursue a new job there.

Third Paragraph: Conclusion
I appreciate the vast number of opportunities I have received on this job to help me develop my skills better. I assure you I will attempt to complete all the work under my purview prior to my last day at work.

Closing: (Sincerely)


Sender’s Name

Encl: (if any)

CC: Name of Other Recipient 1 (Concerned Person in Human Resource Department – With department name mentioned)

This was one example of how CC can be used in a business letter. Taking the aforementioned example into consideration, if there is a specific reason why you are leaving the job which you would like to raise in the letter, but do not want the HRD to know about it, you have to be careful. In some cases, what is discussed in one letter cannot be shared with another department. However, the gist of the letter remains the same. In such a case it would be advisable to draft two separate letters to avoid any such situation or confusion. Hopefully you have now understood how to use CC in a business letter and will be able to use it in the appropriate manner.

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