Abbreviation "At your hands"
If you are sending a formal letter, you will often need the
correct abbreviation for "attention". In this practical tip, we will
show you how to correctly abbreviate the expression.
"Attention": Which abbreviation is correct?
Formal and business letters are usually intended to end up with
specific people. So that the letter arrives not only in the company, but
also with the right employee, the expression "for the attention of" is
- Since this takes up a lot of space in the address, it is simply
abbreviated. The most common abbreviation is "attn.". Also common
are "z. H." and "Attn". You can also omit the space between the two
abbreviated words if you wish.
- The abbreviation z. Hd. is written directly before the
recipient's name. For personal letters, you can leave a line above
the note "personal".
- For letters to authorities, you can add "o. V. i. A." after the
name. With the note "or representative in office" your letter will
be processed even if the employee is absent.
When is "at your fingertips" used?
If you send an e-mail, you can usually be sure that it will end up
directly with the desired person. With letters, unfortunately, things
are a bit different.
- If you are sending a letter to a private person, the name and
address are sufficient. However, if you send the letter to a
company, it may have several hundred employees.
- Letters then often end up in the post office or with a specific
person, who then does not necessarily correspond to the addressee
- To ensure that your letter is not opened by other employees of
the company and then passed from department to department, you
should use the addition "For the attention of". This makes it clear
that the letter should only be opened by this employee.
Use an abbreviation in the letter address
The following two examples show how to correctly use the abbreviation
in the address.
- CHIP Digital GmbH
Attn: Mr. Mustermann
- CHIP Digital GmbH
Practical tips department, e.g. Attn: Mr. Mustermann