Whether your emailing your professor or an employer about a job, you want to make a good impression.
Here are 9 tips for good email etiquette:
- Use a clear subject line “Biology 212 class question” or “Application for Barista Job”
- Use your real name – your professor or employer won’t know who you are if you don’t use your own name
- Have a professional email address – babygirl420 won’t make the best impression
- Write in complete, coherent sentences with no spelling errors.
- Don’t write in all CAPS or capitalize the First Letter of Every Word
- Remember to greet whoever you are speaking to. Hi Dr. Smith, for example
- Do NOT use “text” language or emoticons – don’t use “u” or “lol” or 🙂
- Keep it short and concise. Professors or potential employers are busy.
- Include a closing: Thank you. And include your name. Some people include their major if emailing a professor. You may also include a phone number, if you would like them to call you.