8 Ways to Screw Up an Email - US News

With the popularity of emoticons and texting abbreviations, emails have become less formal, just as written letters and cards have gone out of fashion. While you can be informal in your email communications with friends and family, in the office – no matter where you work – you need to take your emails seriously. It can be disastrous to your job and reputation if you make a single typo or if your words are misinterpreted.

If you’re writing to a co-worker who you’re close with, you can relax your tone a bit, but you must be careful not to send it to the wrong person. The main point in all professional email writing is that you need to read over every part of the email, including the send fields and subject lines to ensure it’s going to the right place with the right message. Avoid these eight common email mistakes:

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