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  Writing Your Email 1.   1 Use a neutral e-mail address . Your e-mail address should be a variation of your real name, not a username or nickname. Use periods, hyphens, or underscores to secure an e-mail address that's  just your name, without extra numbers or letters, if you can. Ads by Google  Work at home ? Try SohoOS   Free Online Business Management Time Tracker Free Invoicing & more www.sohoos.com  o    Never use an unprofessional email address. No one will take you seriously if your reply-to is monsigneur.harry.manback@slip’nslides.net.   2.   2 Use a short and accurate subject header . Avoid saying too much in the subject header, but make sure it reflects the content of your email to a person unfamiliar with you. If possible, include a keyword that will make the email content easier to remember and/or search for in a crowded inbox. For example, “Meeting on March 12th” is specific enough that the email topic won ’t be mistaken for anything else but not so specific as to be distracting (ex. “Schedule, Guest List, Lunch Requests, and Meeting Overview for March 12th ).    3.   3 Use a proper salutation . Addressing the recipient by name is preferred. Use the person's title (Mr. Mrs. Ms. or Dr.) with their last name, followed by a comma or a colon. Optionally, you can  precede the salutation with Dear... (but Hello... is acceptable as well). Using a last name is more formal and should be used unless you are on first-name terms with the recipient. If you don't know the name of the person you're writing to (but you really should try and find one) use To Whom It May Concern followed by a colon. 4.   4  Introduce yourself in the first paragraph (if necessary) . Also include why you're writing, and how you found that person's e-mail address, or the opportunity you're writing about. Ex. o    My name is Earl Rivers. I'm contacting you to apply for the administrative assistant position listed on CareerXYZ.com.   o    My name is Arlene Rivers. I am writing about the traffic citation I received on December 31, 2009. I obtained your e-mail address for the Westchester County Clerk website.   5.   5 Write the actual message . Be sure to get your point across without rambling; if it's fluffed up, the reader may glance over the important details. Try to break up the message into paragraphs by topic to make your message more logical and digestible.  o   The email should be no more than 5 paragraphs long and each paragraph should be no more than 5 sentences long. o   Insert a line break between each paragraph; indenting isn't necessary and will likely be lost during the email transfer anyway. o   Be sure to avoid informal writing.  6.   6 Use the correct form of leave-taking . This will depend on your level of intimacy with the recipient. Examples include: o   Yours sincerely,   o   Yours cordially,   o    Respectfully,   o    Best,   7.   7 Sign with your full name . If you have a job title, include that in the line after your name, and write the company name or website in the line after that. If you do not have a job title but you have your own blog or website related to the content of the e-mail, include a link to that below your name. If the e-mail is about a job, only include a career-related website or blog, not hobbies or interests.
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