Activity: E-mail at Work

Key Considerations

Initial communications between job seekers and employers can often occur online either through completion of an online job application or through e-mail correspondence when you, for example, inquire about a job opening. When you send an e-mail to someone you’ve never met or personally spoken with, you will want to take steps to make a good first impression. Once a potential employer reads your e-mail, they will simultaneously form an impression about the type of person you are. Your e-mail should reflect your knowledge and courtesy. Therefore, as you begin the job exploration process, it is important to learn and practice professional e-mail etiquette in order to build an online reputation that is professional and respectful.


Read tips about e-mail etiquette in the Maintaining Employment and Advancing Your Career course under Module 2- Develop Interpersonal Skills and answer the following questions. Keep these tips in mind as you move forward with establishing a professional online reputation that is positive, respectful, thoughtful, and prompt.

  1. Create a professional e-mail address to use for communicating with your instructors and future employers.

  2. Send an e-mail to your instructor making him aware of your e-mail address and ask for feedback about the content and delivery of your e-mail.

  3. As you participate in the job development activities, practice and refine your online communication skills. Send and respond to e-mails as if you are responding to a co-worker or your supervisor.

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