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Questions about professional etiquette when communicating via email.

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Is it professional to correct misspellings of my name?

I have a common name, but an uncommon spelling. Specifically, my name is Kelli. Often in emails and in informal and formal chat situations, I have people referring to me with the more common ...
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Team communication - what to use instead of emails?

Suppose I have a very important remark on some kind of technical convention or a rude bug in the code that everybody copy all over the place, how can I notify my colleagues on subject? Although we ...
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How to tell sender they forgot the attachment without embarrassing them?

So I got an email from someone reading "blah blah, X is attached". However the email has no attachments. Obviously they just forgot to attach X before hitting the send button. How should I hint ...
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How long should I wait before following up if I'm stalled until a response?

I sent an email to my coworker asking about a problem I was having, to clarify if it was a problem with a test I wrote or a bug in the code. I got a response saying it might be related to what he's ...
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1answer
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Using nickname as e-mail address [duplicate]

i've already read a few threads regarding a professional e-mail address. I'm looking forward to make a simple e-mail with general usage including also finding a job. I use only android phone, chrome ...
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Can I delete all my professional e-mails after resigning my job?

I recently resigned from my job where I worked for more than 5 years (we parted on good conditions). What should I do with my professional e-mails (both sent and received)? There are some e-mails ...
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How does one title a resignation email?

I am in a situation where I need to tell my current employer that I am leaving. I know what I want to say in the body of the email I am using to do so, and have that written out in full. Problem is, I ...
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Email etiquette, is it appropriate to bold my questions?

When I write emails I try to keep them as short as possible. Having said this, to prevent a protracted back and forth exchange I still think it is important to give all relevant context. In some cases ...
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Who should respond when supervisor is also included as main recipient

I am a graduate assistant responsible for teaching a lab. I am in the United States. I received an email from a student explaining a situation that we have to act on. He sent the email to both me and ...
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If a “Dr.” signs their email with the first letter of their first name, is it acceptable to address them by their first name?

I recently made a contact for a potential job offer, and I have been addressing him with the "Dr." (he holds a doctorate). Let's say his name is "George McKee", then on his blog, website, and ...
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“Which is the correct way of writing a Planned/future Leave Request Email”?

I need to write a leave application for taking a planned/future date leave. Which is the correct way of writing the following lines:- I won't be able to attend the office on Oct 15 as i have to go ...
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How to stop people from CC'ing my boss in trivial e-mails? [duplicate]

We have no policy on CC'ing and most of the time people are CC'd only when a second opinion is required or they need to be updated / stay in the loop on a given topic. However, sometimes there are ...
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Format for writing an email accepting the job offered by the company? [closed]

I have received an e-mail from a company that is offering me a job. I need to accept that letter in order to confirm the job. Since this is the first time I am writing such an e-mail I am really ...
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Which of these is more of a professional Email Address? [closed]

Let's just say my name is Sharon Jane Still (Not really but same initials though). I have an email account that is imsjstill@gmail.com and another that is sjstill@outlook.com. My actual name is not ...
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If a potential employer's name is unisex, should I guess a title (Mr./Ms.) or use their first name?

A while back it was asked if a title (e.g. Mr./Ms.) should be used when e-mailing a prospective employer. The accepted answer stated that, at least in the United States, it's best to err on the side ...
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1answer
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Follow-up email on job which has been put on hold

The dream job I was offered was put on hold over a month ago - hiring manager not sure when the role will re-open and that I should look for other roles in the meantime but asked me to stay in ...
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1answer
167 views

Methods of addressing someone in email

I recently sent an email to apply to a job. The only contact listed didn't have any title - let's say this is Jane Doe. In my email, I greeted with "Hello Ms. Doe"; in the response, the email was ...
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Mail response time and delay

The question is related to "sender expectations" which are results of response time/delay - should I answer immediately or answer after some period of time. Let's say I got an email - I immediately ...
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381 views

Email informing employees of customer visit

I want to write email to all employees informing them of customer visit. I want to request them to be adhering to policies to project our work culture as healthy and leave good impression on the ...
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1answer
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How do I invite coworkers to my presentation.

I am an Intern this summer and am required to give poster presentation along with all the other interns open to the office in a few weeks as part of my internship.I am significantly younger than all ...
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Applied for an internal position - too forward to email hiring manager?

I currently have a job for which I have received performance awards. My same job--same duties and responsibilities--opened up in the same company, but in my hometown city. I am anxious to go back to ...
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How to address the recipient if you are writing to a generic department address?

Often I come across generic department e-mails - usually from HR departments - and I have difficulty in knowing who to address. E-mails such as recruiting@abc.com or join@xyz.org for example. What ...
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Manager does not respond to my emails [duplicate]

I am a software engineer from the Ukraine working in a multinational company. My manager is located in the USA. I have a communication problem with my manager that I will explain with an example. I ...
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2answers
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How can I politely ask a coworker to stop forwarding emails to the company distribution list

A coworker of mine has recently started forwarding all sorts of newsletters, community event details, and promotions to the company-wide email distribution list. None of the stuff she forwards have ...
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How to ask why I am excluded from wider team communications/e-mails?

I recently found out multiple times from fellow first line managers in my department that they had received official e-mails which I hadn't. While I started feeling that was weird/fishy, the ...
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How to write a email about certain achievement to boss?

I'm looking for a sample email that I can use as an offical email to inform my boss about my achievement (passed a certification exam). All the sample letters I found on the net relate to ...
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When is it critical to CC people not directly addressed in an e-mail (or not directly concerned with the subject)? [closed]

My company has no direct policy about this and we generally have an informal way of communicating, especially within teams. Between teams, I have seen varying behaviors in the past 12 months I am here ...
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Haven't been paid for last month, is it ok to stop working? [closed]

I'm working as the lead and currently (since everyone else was laid off for money reasons) sole developer of a start-up, and have been there since its beginning a couple of years ago. A self-employed ...
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Is this a breach of confidentiality or should my employers not have been so nosy?

Both my partner and I work in the same company, same building, same floor, different rooms. As such we very occasionally email each other about semi-personal things (e.g., What time are you planning ...
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1answer
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How to include a link to your online portfolio and PDF of your resume

On a programming internship I am applying for it says: Send email to us at (employer email here) Include a link to your online portfolio and PDF of your resume I don't have a portfolio and is ...
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What do you do if someone says they'll email you tomorrow, and they don't?

I had a first stage interview yesterday; it seemed to go reasonably well. They told me that they have a pretty quick turnaround on things, and that they'll get back to me tomorrow. It's 4pm, and I ...
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Should I remind recruiters about my job application status?

I uploaded my resume through a job recruitment website (for an review/writing position online). A few days later, someone contacted me asking my Skype details, so he could have a chat with me and see ...
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1answer
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Use of “until” and “the office” in emails [closed]

I am from a non-English speaking country. I work for a company which consists of wide range of foreign clients. Recently, I have been in the hot water with my boss over use of until and "the" before ...
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Is being blunt in emails common in the workplace?

I'm still a student, but was talking to a friend about how when I email my professors/lecturers they tend to ignore the niceties, the greeting, everything except the main question in my email and send ...
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How to deal with a hiring process which doesn't want to use e-mail and results in a lot of phone tag [closed]

At a job interview there were 3 people interviewing me. At one point they asked if I could send them references and I told them I didn't have anyone's contact information (I had applied through a job ...
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1answer
478 views

How to reply to when an interviewer schedules you for a time you cannot make?

I am doing a second round of interviews with a company I am trying to get a job with. I have been in contact by e-mail with the person scheduling the interviews and he wanted to do Wednesday at 1 and ...
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1answer
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Am I overreacting to company taking time to email documents? [duplicate]

Last week I received an email stating that I will be receiving a formal offer during the course of this week and then two business days later I received a phone call asking for my formal answer to ...
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How can I politely request that I get a chance at a second interview?

I have just been interviewed via Skype, after which I was given a coding assignment to complete. The interview was okay except that I got nervous and couldn't answer some of the questions properly. I ...
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Contact future employer

I want to thank my future employer for offering me the job. I know there are a lot of example letters on the internet but my situation is different. I accepted the job 2 weeks ago via a recruitment ...
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Response's 'respectfulness'/etiquette for an email that does not ask for a reply

When a superior emails me to 'let me know' of something (e.g., Dear Bob, I'll be absent of the Tuesday meeting because of x.) I don't know what response has a proper tone, or if it's just OK to not ...
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I missed a meeting because I misread the email how should I approach this?

So, I don't have many meetings but this was one of the first more important ones yet I happened to misread the email. So that's fine and all but on top of that I had soaked my phone in water so when I ...
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1answer
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Applying for a job by email and snail mail simultaneously - should I “warn” the HR that I duplicated my application?

If I apply for a job and send a CV by email (the expected way), but I believe that mailing paper resumes has some advantages as well - it's an actual piece of paper after all, someone can leave it on ...
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What is a tactful way to address client's lack of cooperation with a project?

I am currently working on a software project. While my company has many clients, this project focuses on the needs of a specific client, so we have been working directly with them. The software they ...
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is it better to use gmail or email@mydomain.com in a CV? [duplicate]

Is it a better idea to use my gmail or me@mydomain.com in a resume? I have a spooky domain name, similar to codinghorror.com, it's about programming and stuff too, and it is very well designed, it ...
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How long should one wait to see if they got the job?

I recently interviewed with a company on Friday in which I think the interview went really well. Now that it's Wednesday, I'm starting to get some jitters that I may not have gotten the position. I ...
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Putting your e-mail on your resume [duplicate]

I was passing my resume to a friend so he could pass it along to his company. He was taking a look at it and gave me a list of things I should fix. This was one of them: Get a Gmail or a custom ...
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Building rapport via email communication [closed]

Are there guides to building email rapport? I'm asking because I'm not really good at face-to-face communication. Maybe guidelines about the frequency in communicating to coworkers? Will that help ...
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Choosing a email format for workplace [duplicate]

I am an admin at an institute and I need to create the staff email addresses. I am confused over which format to give. Some people use first and last name, and others use first name initial like ...
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What kind of email address should I use in CV? [closed]

I have read "What should a professional email address look like?". My problem is somewhat similar to this but not all. At first when I was creating my gmail username (age of 15) I got frustrated ...
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Email escalation - should I include the party being escalated in CC?

There is a task that needs to be done by a team within 10 days. I have repeatedly emailed them(we are not supposed to call them, per company policy), used their ticketing system to submit ticket, but ...