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Questions about professional etiquette when communicating via email.

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How to professionally tell someone to send better emails or use Slack?

There's a remote based colleague who has one of the worst email etiquette I've ever seen. He frequently initiates emails with all the text (usually 100-150 characters) in the subject. In email chains, ...
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Ethics of using email of high profile contacts wrongly displayed at group email

Summary: Got access to email of people I would like to contact by an accident of the sender, is it ethical to contact them? A few years ago I attended an important event. The invitation was sent by ...
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Should I attach my resume and cover letter as 2 separate files or combine them into a single file? [duplicate]

I am using online job portals to search for suitable opportunities. I think that, since the website is visited by several employers, there is no point in uploading a cover letter to the website's ...
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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 put “intern” in my e-mail signature?

I'm currently employed as software developer intern and I'm in the process of evaluating different products for my company. For this reason I need to communicate with external companies through e-mail....
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How long do I need to wait before sending a follow up email or IM to someone in my company when they are not replying? [duplicate]

An email was sent on Friday and it's now Wednesday and I have no response yet. I've seen this question asked about interviews, but this was to someone in the company I already work at. I wanted to ...
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Is it okay to contact the cto/ceo after the interview with a solution to his problem?

It's not the first time I did this. Yesterday I had an interview, the company uses cakephp 2.x, CEO talked about how they suffer performance issues and how it's hard to scale and they really want a ...
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I was offered a salary range before the interview

I am looking for a new job at the moment. Last week I was sending my resume to employers. Today I received an email stating that they like my resume and that it is a good fit for the position I ...
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How long should I wait after salary negotiation email?

I got my first job offer, but they offered me a very low salary that is going to make it hard for me to even pay rent and transportation. I sent an email negotiating for a higher salary, and it has ...
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Best practice for storing emails to protect yourself from potentially bad employers

Many answers to questions here involve creating a paper trail when things go south. The most convenient method is definitely emails. In order to protect yourself, you may need evidence of someone's ...
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How to proceed when a manager doesn't answer emails but reads them? [duplicate]

How would you deal with a operations manager who does not reply to emails which call for a specific actions. He was heard saying "if they need me they know where to find me".
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How much we are responsible to read our emails? [closed]

This question is related to my other question How to ask my supervisor to read my emails instead of asking me? I used to believe as below and I expect the same from others as well. Reading my ...
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How to ask my supervisor to read my emails instead of asking me?

I am working in IT and I include my supervisor (Technical Lead) in emails whenever needed. I notify him through Jira tickets ( he will get email notification ) whenever something he needs to be aware ...
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Prospective job postponed by employer

Recently I went through interview process (3) for a job I really wanted. I receive an email follow up today from the employer, stating that they’ve decided to put the position on hold for now, and ...
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Share calendar details request from manager's manager

My manager's manager just sent all his teams an email to ask us to open our Outlook calendars to him. Our Outlook calendar should only contain events relevant to our job, no personal life. Opening a ...
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Phrasing an apology/ correcting possible misunderstanding

A couple of weeks ago I met a highly respected person in my field working in a C-suite position, during the smoking time outside, we chatted a bit, and he was interested in what do I have to offer, so ...
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Email etiquette - How to deal with habitual splitters of email conversations (Outlook)

There are a couple coworkers who frequently respond to an email after other followup emails have been sent out in a thread, which fragments (splits) conversations and leads to confusion, ...
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Is it rude not to use honorific address in email to a person with a higher position from another site company?

When responding in a chain email where there is a discussion including our department manager and department manager from another site (different country). What I observed for my two years in the ...
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What is email etiquette while replying to questions from multiple people?

Me along with a senior member (Mr. A) in my team received an email (on Outlook enterprise) from the project manager (Mr. B) asking for our availability. Mr. A replied that he is availability & ...
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How to politely tell someone they did not hit “reply to all” in an email?

It happens sometimes that somebody (likely) meant to reply all in an email chain, but (likely) accidentally just replied to the last person that sent the email. What is a polite way to inform them of ...
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In a unionized workplace, what does an effective method of conducting union discussions look like these days?

Back in the 1950's, when my grandfather was in his heyday as a labor organizer, the meeting at the union hall was a big thing. If there was going to be two-way communication between the leadership and ...
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Should I send a “thank you” message to someone who forwarded it to a colleague?

I would need some advice about the customs of answering with a "thank you" message to someone who forwarded my mail to a colleague. To give you more context, I was contacting this person for the ...
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What is a polite way to ask for a status update

For years, I have used the following technique to ask for a status update for requests I have made. If I have not received a response after at least 48 hours and normally more, I sent the following ...
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Abbreviation for bachelor's degree with minor

When describing the degree one has obtained or is pursuing (for example in an email signature), is there a way to include information about a minor in a cleanly abbreviated manner? For example, ...
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Can I put the link to my personal website in my work email signature?

I have a website that basically functions as a resume/project record where I list my various master degree research projects, personal projects, and work history. Since I use my work email to ...
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Is it OK to contact a company asking for the closing date of a position?

Main Question I am looking at a job opening that has been open for a number of weeks. There is no closing date listed on any of this company's job listings. Is it OK to contact such a company and ask ...
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Going away email

Tomorrow I will be completing my last day at my current organization (I had placed a two week notice). I am writing a "good bye" email to send to some friends and mentors that I've made over the time ...
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Who should I send my thank you letter to?

I just interviewed with a company in person, and I know I need to send a thank you email. At the interview, I met with about 8 people. These people included a person from HR, the director of the ...
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Is it legal for company to use my work email to pretend I still work there? [duplicate]

I recently quit my job due to the toxic work environment. My job involved email communication with our clients, and my boss has asked my coworkers to use my email to pretend to be me and talk to our ...
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Should I use my personal e-mail address, or my workplace one, when registering to external websites for work purposes?

I need to register at, for example, oracle.com and docker.com to download some (free) stuff, etc. These accounts would be used only for the job I do at my company. My company doesn't have any ...
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How long should I wait for an e-mail when applied for an internship

I am a student and applied for internship in 4-5 companies few days ago. But, I haven't received any response so far. So, my questions are: How many day should I wait for an E-Mail before assuming ...
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When sending a follow up email, is it appropriate to CC the recipient's boss?

I was tossing around a few ideas with my colleague on how to further a project that's being delayed or lacking attention by a particular person. They mentioned perhaps I should CC the person's boss ...
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How to write an email to inform the overseas colleagues that I return to work after the surgery?

Today I am back to work after having heavy surgery and a month of sick leave. I used to work with overseas colleagues and I'd like to inform them that I've come back to work. What is the best way to ...
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Should I write follow up email to HR [duplicate]

I interview 2 rounds in one company. Both rounds were awesome. After the interview I didn't hear from HR then I called her after 3 to 4 day. HR said she will inform me within 2 days but again, I didn'...
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Is it professional to write unrelated content in an almost-empty email?

I am employed in a consultancy company and I work at the client workplace. Monthly, I have a client employee sign a timesheet to certify the number of hours I have actually worked. I then scan the ...
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If I'm in IT, how do I get “gritty” about keeping my Outlook inbox clean? [closed]

When I initially began at my new job, I started making Rules to put "categories" (also know as tags) and "folders", but I was told by a senior member of the team that if I put things in folders, it's ...
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Did I make a mistake by ccing email to boss to others?

I am a new (3 months) software developer in a smallish software company (10 people). I've been given a new project which has complex and poorly documented requirements, and I've been asked to speak to ...
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Why are my senior co-workers ignoring my reply on email chain? [closed]

Here is my issue. I'm on an email chain with a few higher ups. Yes, I understand I'm the grunt that does all the real work while the leader, "look at the bigger picture." But while they're busy ...
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Professional language: Is “she” still the cat's mother? [closed]

I grew up in Yorkshire with the saying "She is the cat's mother", implying it is rude to use the feminine pronoun "she" in the third person. A rebuke especially directed towards children for having ...
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Is it strange to ask someone to ask someone else to do something, while CC'd?

Alice is a project manager. Bob is a team lead Chris is a team member. Alice emailed Bob, and CC'd Chris, and said, "Bob, will you please ask Chris to do X??" A few hours later, Alice IM'd Bob ...
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What to write in mail having resume [closed]

What should I write in an email when sending a resume to someone who has given me an email address and asked me to share my resume. Extra question(trivial): Should I attach my resume as a PDF or DOC ...
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Legal issues with previous employer [closed]

I started a job in industry after a postdoctoral position in a university. A few months later, I received an email from an administrator (with whom I had issues) regarding some official paperwork. ...
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How to write good mail to HR if I forgot to bring swipe card [closed]

I forgot to bring swipe card while coming to office. So I want to write mail to my HR but not getting proper words or good sentence to write mail. As of now I have written Hi Maam, Today I forgot ...
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How to deal with an incendiary email that was recalled

I recently received a critical email from someone who works at a company I deal with. It made a number of broad and inaccurate criticisms of some work I'd done. Copying in several managers for good ...
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No response to job application. When should I give up?

I suspect I already know the answer to this question, but I feel the need to ask anyway, to get some sort of closure. I applied to a job that I was very excited about a few weeks ago. Two weeks later ...
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Are one-line email responses considered disrespectful? [closed]

I keep on receiving emails that are more like a text message rather than emails and I find this disrespectful as I am always taking some extra time to write my emails in a professional form and manner....
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On-boarding email asks for soft copy and not scanned copy - isn't that contradictory?

As part of the on-boarding process at the new company that I'm about to join, the email asked for soft copies of certain documents/photographs. One line of instruction that got me confused was this ...
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Can I refuse to have my photo on my email signature?

Recently, the company I'm currently working for has started to do a re-design on the brand. One of the things to change is the signature in emails. It looks really cool with a photo! But, I don't ...
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Numbers in your email address [duplicate]

In case the name.lastname@ of an email is already taken, is it ok to add one or two numbers after your last name? Are people and employers going to notice such a thing? Is it still professional to ...
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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 spelling....