Day: August 20, 2011

Writing professional e-mails

Professional e-mails (those going to a professor or to a prospective employer) are different from personal e-mails or text messages in several ways.

  • Include a descriptive and detailed subject line for the e-mail. See the following examples:
    • Poor: I have a question
    • Better: ENG1101 Homework
    • Best: ENG1101 Homework due 9/6/2011, Problem 3.5
  • Address the person you are e-mailing (e.g., Hello Dr. Smith,).
  • Use full sentences.
  • Use capitals and punctuation.
  • Do not shorten words (i.e., use “you” instead of “u”).
  • Spell check the e-mail.
  • Sign the e-mail.
    • Thank you,
    • Your Name
    • Your Contact Information

Looking ahead: preparing to get a job

It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the 2011 Fall Career Fair. For details:

  • Resume Blitz: MUB Commons, September 6, 7, 13, and 15, 11am-2pm
  • Career Development Conference: MUB Ballrooms, September 8 and 14, 11am-3pm.
  • Benefits of a Co-op or Internship: EERC 103, September 21, 6pm
  • Fall Career Fair: SDC, September 27, noon – 6pm