Would you email Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, or Marissa Mayer? If the answer is no -- and you have something to say -- maybe it's time to ask yourself why.
At first glance, it seems unfair: no one would expect an editor to build a website in order to prove that she has the chops to catch stray commas, but woe betide the software developer who submits a resume with a typo in it. In this era of instantaneous results and 24/7 availability, is it really reasonable for hiring managers to expect perfection in terms of punctuation, spelling, and so on?
What's worse than a boss who sends novel-length emails? A boss whose messages contain messages so brief, they'd fit handily into a tweet.
As the volume of communication increases, and technology makes it possible to scan and dismiss more emails than we'll ever open, getting a hiring manager's attention is harder than ever before. But there are a few things you can do to make sure your emails don't wind up in the discard pile -- or worse, the spam folder.
It's a sad fact of life that the volume of business emails seems to increase, just at the point in people's careers when they have the least amount of time to answer messages. As a result, it can be pretty hard to get answers from important folks, whether it's your boss's boss or some bigwig you met at a conference.
These days, we spend a lot more time communicating with people online than we do in person, or even over the phone. Everyone is forced to become a writer if they want to get their points across, even if their job seems unrelated to the world of words. Here are some common mistakes that just about everyone makes when emailing at work.