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1. Address the Recipient in the Email
That means, "Dear Mr., Ms., Dr., etc. You can also change that to a company name or address a group as a whole. You should also end with a proper signature. For example:
Racquel Henry, Editor
The Black Fox Literary Review
1122 Black Fox Blvd.
Fox, FL. 33221
Phone: (123) 456-7891
Slang, nudity, sarcasm, jokes, degradation of an individual or group, and profanity are all things that should not be in a business email. Content should also be short and to the point. Stick to the facts.
Always put an appropriate title in the subject line, so the recipient can identify exactly what the email is about.
You should always use the spell check then proof read your emails for grammatical errors, or anything the spell check wouldn't be able to pick up on.
Be very careful with this one. You know how we read a piece of writing and often try to identify the tone? Same thing here. People will be able to tell if you're being sarcastic, if you're upset, if you're frustrated, etc. I was able to tell that the emails I received were just plain rude. Oh, and don't use all caps, because it implies that you're yelling. Select your words carefully.
Email is by far one of the fastest ways to communicate. Almost all of us use them in our professional lives. It's easy to fall into the habit of treating them casually. However, when we use emails as a business tool, then we have to treat them accordingly. In any business setting, you must maintain a professional standard, regardless of your position.