In this day and age of text speak and emoticons, it’s sometimes hard to remember that in some instances you’ll need to send a formal email that looks professional. Every day emails to friends and family can be personal, fun, and informal, but if you’re trying for that big job position, sending an email to a teacher or boss, contacting someone within the government, or contacting someone in a business, you need to step up your game and sound professional. Here are some tips to keep in mind when writing professional correspondence.

1. Use a Serious Email Address

Your email address does matter. While your friends may know you as BippyBopper5, you’ll want to can the cutesy moniker and go for something more professional, such as your name. And while you’re at it, avoid using mail servers that have a reputation for being unprofessional. If you need a free mail server, try Google, or have LinkedIn or one of the other professional social media websites forward your email.

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