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Fashion Jobs – Five Tips for Switching Career Paths

Friday, June 29th, 2018

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The thought of switching careers can seem daunting, but speaking from experience, it’s completely doable! Whether you’re in a field that you don’t enjoy, or you’re looking to return to the workforce after some time off, choosing to do what makes you happy should be the first important step on your new career journey. Once you’ve committed to go for it, the rest is all downhill! If you’re considering switching fields, We’ve put together a list of five tips on how to get started and make the transition as easy as possible.

 

Research
There are different ways to go about making the switch to a new career, but researching the field you’re interested in is a great place to begin. Find out as much information as possible on things like the types of jobs that are currently available in your new field of choice, how much you can expect to make in those roles, and whether any technical skills are required in order to get hired.

 

Chat with professionals
An easy way to learn more about a new industry is to speak to someone directly involved in it. Schedule some one on one time with professionals in the field you’re looking to move into, and learn from their experience. You’ll get a sense of what their work life looks like, which will help you decide if it’s the right career path for you.

 

Network
Once you’ve found the industry and career path that fits with your goals, it’s time to start networking. Look for professional groups in your area to connect with others in your industry. You never know who you might meet to introduce you to the job of your dreams!

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Volunteer
Volunteering is especially important if you’re looking to switch into an industry where you don’t already have any firsthand experience. Use your spare time wisely to get ahead by writing, volunteering at events, or putting any of your existing skills to use. It’s a great way to break into your new industry and get a taste of what to expect in potential future roles.

 

Hit the Books
If all else fails, you may need to head back to school to brush up on your skills. This is the route I took to change my career path, and it ended up being the best decision I could have made. Through continued education, I was exposed to other people who were passionate about the same things as I was. I also received plenty of guidance as I figured out my next professional steps, and built a network of colleagues that I still keep in touch with today.

 

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By Kate Mendonca, Toronto, @kate.mendonca

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways to Break Out of Your Workplace Slump

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

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When monotony settles in and the warmer weather has you daydreaming about being anywhere but the office, you might be feeling just a little restless at work. It happens to the best of us, but a workplace slump is nothing you can’t overcome. I’ve put together a list of ideas to combat this spring fever and keep you loving the job you’re in.

 

Seek Out More Responsibilities
Hear me out, more responsibilities CAN be a good thing! If there’s an area of the business that you’re interested in learning more about or would like to add into your existing role, the best thing you can do is voice your interest to your superiors. It benefits everyone since you’ll be learning a new skill and keeping your work life interesting, while also showing initiative by sharing your desire to grow professionally.

 

Get to Know Your Team
If you don’t normally spend much time outside the water cooler chatting with coworkers, now’s the perfect time to give it a try. Find a teammate that you’d be interested in getting to know better and ask them to join you to grab a coffee or lunch together. You may just find a new work bestie in the process, and at the very least you’ll build a better working relationship.

 

Start a Club
If your workplace is large enough to accommodate different clubs or groups, why not consider starting your own? A book club, a knitting circle, or a game night is a great way to get to know your coworkers outside of a professional environment and can help break up the work week by giving you something fun to look forward to.

 

Get Charitable
Volunteering as a group can be a really rewarding way to do some team bonding at work. Choose a charity that’s near to your heart, and find a way to get involved as a team. Whether it’s through a volunteer day or by fundraising, finding a way to come together and make a difference is an easy way to switch things up at work.

 

Start Job-Searching
When all else fails and you’re still feeling like you’re in a workplace slump, there’s no harm in starting to look for a new position. Maybe you’ve outgrown your role and are ready for a change, or you’re just not entirely happy in your current work situation. No matter what the cause is, jump-starting your career search is a great way to stay energized and focused on the job at hand.

 

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By Kate Mendonca, Toronto, @kate.mendonca

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Fashion Jobs – Tips for Pitching Your Next Promotion or Raise

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

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Stepping into the workforce and navigating adulthood isn’t easy for anyone, no matter your age or experience. Between finding yourself, learning how to work with different personalities and building your own mark in your industry can get really overwhelming and confusing. For the most part, a lot of us can look to things like workplace tools, online resources, and even our mentors to get advice on things like work-life balance and skill set development. But the one thing we find a major lack of is advice on how to position yourself for a promotion and how to pitch yourself to your superiors.

 

A lot of successful leaders will probably tell you they’ve gained a lot of the opportunities they’ve had in life by going and asking for it instead of waiting for things to happen. It can seem a little bit unprofessional to directly ask for a promotion, especially a raise, but sometimes the reality is not every organization fosters a corporate culture based on internal growth, so sometimes when new positions come up it isn’t instinct to look within.

 

On the other hand, you might be in an organization that does, in fact, strive off developing and promoting from within so you want to be sure you’re well positioned to get noticed. Whatever your situation may be, learning how to professionally ask for what you want is one of the best ways to make your goals happen. Here are our best tips for helping you pitch your next promotion or raise!

 

Have A Game Plan
The best thing about any project is to have a game plan — and a strong one at that. When it comes to looking for a promotion or asking for a raise, you want to make sure your plan is executed right. If your organization strongly fosters a culture of growth, look at using the resources they have like development programs or skill-building courses. In the case of companies that don’t offer these kinds of opportunities, you can work on ways to talk to your supervisor and how your growing benefits the organization. Pitching a raise is a bit different and will require a strong plan that doesn’t come off too demanding but still gets you what you deserve based on performance. At the end of it all, your plan needs to professionally justify your request, otherwise, it has little to no chance of being met.

 

Highlight Your Achievements
Now that you have a strategy on how you’re going to approach this, you’ll want to be sure to talk about your achievements and what you’ve contributed to the organization’s goals. Promotions aren’t awarded to those who don’t perform and in a competitive environment, you’ll have to be sure that what you contribute stands out amongst your peers. When talking about your achievements, you want them to be results driven and how your experiences can contribute more to your new role. Highlighting achievements is even more important when looking to justify a raise request, but you can also look to things as new accountabilities added to your role or perhaps the addition of people to your team which require managing or coaching. Referencing positive performance reviews is also a great way to talk to achievements your superiors have recognized.

 

Do Your Research
Your final piece before walking into your boss’s office should be doing your research on what positions are available in your organization. If there aren’t any current openings, but you’re being proactive and getting your name out there you could work on pinpointing areas of the business that interest you and fit your skill set and ways to work towards them. In the case of asking for a raise, you should research things like job level and position averages in your region. You also want to take a look at your current earnings and what would be a reasonable raise percentage based on the current economic environment. With all this data in mind, you can ensure whatever you’re requesting fits reasonably amongst this information.

 

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By: M.J. Elle Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – Tips For The Perfect LinkedIn Profile Picture

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

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LinkedIn has come a long way from its corporate roots since it first started in 2002. What was originally a website for recruiters and employers to post job openings, and job seekers to share their CVs in the corporate world, has now expanded to a full-on networking site catered to all professional industries whether corporate, creative or freelance.

 

Your LinkedIn profile picture is probably the most important element of your profile asides from your employment history. This is the first impression your audience has of you even before they take the time to read your ‘headline’ or ‘current role’. Check out our Founder Christie Lohr’s LinkedIn profile for some inspiration! Whether you’re looking to build your professional network or you’re looking to turn your first job into your dream career, you want your profile picture to be welcoming but also a clear representation of you. They say dress for the job you want, well the same could be said for your profile picture! Here are some of our recommended tips picking the perfect LinkedIn profile picture to get you standing out from the crowd!

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Clear Shot of Your Face
As we mentioned, since this is your first impression on LinkedIn, you want your profile picture to be a clear shot of your face. Whether you choose to use a headshot style image or a selfie you’ve taken yourself, it’s your call, whatever you think best describes you and your role. Are you working at a more conservative company or on the senior leadership team? If you have a more senior role, you should consider having a professional photographer take your photo, whereas if you work at a more conservative company, you could have a co-worker take it for you or take it yourself.  Just know if you’re going to take the image yourself with your smartphone or digital camera try and get it straight on and not too close to avoid up the nose shots which are never a good look.

 

Avoid Group Shots
If you are going to use an image you already have and don’t feel the need to have something super professional, it’s best to use a solo image of yourself so people don’t get confused as to which one is you. You should also try to avoid using an image where you’re too close to the people so much so that they are either halfway in the image with you, or you’ve had to crop too close into your face where it’s now pixelated and looks poor quality.

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Don’t Forget to Smile
You want to come across as friendly, relatable and most of all approachable when people get a first look at you. You wouldn’t meet someone in a professional setting with a frown or overly pouty lips, would you? Try your best to have your profile picture of you smiling or at least a pleasant energy to your face like a smize if you’re not someone who smiles. This is especially important if you’re in a public facing industry, be it customers or business partners because you just want to look pleasant to interact with. If you are going for a big grin in your photo, stay away from overly exaggerated smiles which could come off fake and cheesy.

 

Make Sure it Represents You
You want this profile picture most of all to represent you professionally. Do you work in an industry where you usually wear a suit, then wear one in your picture. Are you a fashion writer or buyer for a big retailer, then look it! This is where “dressing for the job you want” comes in the play; you should be wearing in your profile picture essentially what you would wear to work, whatever your work environment is.

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Clean & Bright, But Not Over Edited
The last thing to keep in mind when selecting the image to represent you on LinkedIn is to make sure it’s clean and bright but never too edited where it looks low quality or overly contrasted. While we’re all for a little cleaning up and editing of an image, just remember to stay away from coloured filters, icons or other edits that aren’t professional. LinkedIn is not the place to get creative with your images unlike other platforms like Tumblr or Instagram!

 

By: M.J. Elle (@TheMJElle) Toronto, ON

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Fashion Jobs – 3 Ways To Be The Office MVP

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

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Everyone can admit, it feels good to be recognized! Simple gestures can make all the difference, whether it’s given or received as a compliment or an action. Throughout the years of different jobs and co-workers, you begin to realize that every workplace has its own aura. Whether your corporate or independent no one’s work should go unnoticed. So why not become the office cheerleader and show off your motivational moves. Here are a few tips on maintaining the good vibes and becoming the everlasting MVP.

 

Help Others
It’s always nice to take a second and offer kindness, it’s the trend that never goes unnoticed. Even though you have enough on your own plate, at the end of the day everyone is working towards achieving the same company goal. If you go out of your way to lend a hand and help your colleagues when they’re in need of assistance, this action is contagious and you won’t ever have to worry about asking for a help in the future.

 

Build Good Relationships
The best way to start the day is with a greeting. Take a few seconds to see how your fellow all-star players are doing. Take the time to listen whether it’s work-related or not – it’s the best way to create a long-lasting relationship and earn your own respect by showing that you care. We’re all humans and naturally attracted to good company. If you share the warmth of your personality, honest opinions or just simply find out whether Heather likes lattes or americanos people will gravitate towards you.

 

Be Reliable
Let’s face it, no one likes a flake! When committing to a deadline or task, your gaining expectations from others and the best way to maintain your creditability is to follow through. Stay proactive in communicating, don’t ever second guess a follow-up, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Be attentive to day-to-day tasks, and show off your ability to be the go-to person that everyone can count on. Your credibility is a reflection of your personal brand, and showing off how keen you are to take on more responsibilities can lead to gaining a great name for yourself in the industry.

 

Overall, lets remember that we can’t achieve the dream without the team! Be the person you’d love to see in the office every day to every week and let your talent naturally shine.

 

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By Andrea Andino, Vancouver @___andreandino

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways To Get Your Career Back On Track

Friday, October 27th, 2017

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Life is full of highs and lows, and the same goes for your career. You’ll have times where you feel you’re exactly where you want to be and have a sense of accomplishment. In other cases, you might be at a part in your career where you feel stuck or need more of a challenge to continue growing. Whether it’s looking for that next opportunity, or finding ways to grow with a company you love, having to refresh your career is nothing to be ashamed of. If you’re looking for that je ne sais quoi for your career check out our advice for getting back on the right career path!

 

1. Set Goals, Have A Plan

That one piece of advice everyone in your life has given you, from your dad to your financial advisor of having a plan is by no means a gimmick. Setting career goals and building an outline of some sort of plan -five years, 10 years or even three months, is extremely important to working towards your ideal of success. What’s the key to the master plan working? Knowing that you can never really plan out life, and the plan is more of a template.

 

2. Network Is Your Networth

Talking to your friends and family is always a great way to get advice. But sometimes looking to your professional network to discuss career planning might be more beneficial. Your colleagues and superiors can give you a perspective based on their first-hand experience of you on the job, and the industry you’re in. Whether it’s feedback on your strengths and opportunities or insights on potential opportunities, your professional network is a goldmine of potential.

 

3. Work With A Recruiter

If you’re looking to make a move from your current organization, you might want to try connecting with a recruiter. Once you get to a certain level in your career, the best companies and opportunities are usually filled by a recruitment firm or consultant. Not all recruiters and processes are the same, so we recommend finding someone who specializes in your industry and is dedicated to getting to know you, in order to find the right fit for you. Starting on our job board is great for finding your new career in fashion and retail!

4. Higher Education

Sometimes that promotion or new opportunity requires a bit more training or education and it’s never too late to head back to class! Some people choose to study a full degree or diploma program, while others might prefer taking a couple courses or getting a certification. There’s an endless supply of free online training that can easily be completed after work, and some companies even offer internal development courses. Whatever way you choose to go, know that education really is power!

 

5. Find A Mentor

One piece of advice any senior level manager or executive will give you, is to find a professional mentor. This is someone who has insight into your industry or company and that can provide you with advice, inspiration and knowledge to help you grow in your career. Look to people within your industry, organization or network who either you would like to learn more from or have enjoyed communicating with. Big organizations often have mentorship programs senior managers and executives participate in, so be sure to take advantage of that.

 

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By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – 4 Sites to Help You Land Your Dream Fashion Job

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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Whether you had the opportunity to study fashion in school or you simply have the passion for fashion (as cheesy as that sounds), a career in fashion may be for you! Now the only challenge is finding that dream job, because the truth is, we’re not all going to have it easy like Lauren Conrad on the Hills. Finding a job in the fashion industry is not only extremely competitive, but it’s also hard to find a job that’s perfect for you. But to help you start your job search, here are four career websites that can help you land your dream fashion job.

 

LinkedIn
LinkedIn is hands down one of the best sources for finding a job, especially in the fashion industry. By creating a profile, you’re able to follow companies you’re interested in working with, and network and connect with both potential employers and other people within the fashion industry. Messages can be exchanged in order to inquire about fashion jobs or to simply get advice on how to enter the industry. Through the job search engine, you can locate jobs within your area and filter out jobs by what type of position you’re looking for.

 

Instagram
While we all love Instagram for sharing our OOTD pics and looking for fashion inspo, it can also be a great tool for landing a fashion job. Through Instagram, you can follow brands, designers, and companies that you’re interested in. Today, many big brands share when they’re hiring on their social media channels, giving you an inside scoop on applying.

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Indeed
Indeed is another incredible online job hunting tool, as it can be tailored to anyone’s needs and preferences. Jobs can be filtered out by date, location, position type and even company. A profile can be made where your resume can be stored, making it easy for you to quickly apply to jobs. Employers can then send you messages to set up interviews or to give you more information about the job position. Indeed is a great tool and the app is even better!

 

Style Nine to Five
Finally, there’s no better way to look for jobs in the fashion industry than with Style Nine to Five. Not only can you look for fashion and retail related jobs across Canada, but you can also head to the blog where you can find tips to help you land a job, and succeed at working within the fashion industry. You can also subscribe to the job feed in order to get notified when new jobs have been posted.

 

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By: Najja Morris, Toronto, @najjamorris

Fashion Jobs – How to Balance Your Side Hustle While Working 9 to 5

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

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Let’s face it, working your 9 to 5 job is great for paying the bills and allowing you to live that somewhat aesthetically pleasing lifestyle you just can’t let go of. But the truth is, your day jobs typically aren’t very inspiring and they can tend to leave you feeling burnt out. This is why it’s important to have hobbies if you have a busy work life because as sappy as it sounds, your they are what truly keeps your heart beating.

 

So, let’s say you’re dabbling in your hobby on the side, whether it’s Instagram, painting or nail art and you absolutely love it. The only thing is, your hobby gives you passion but your 9 to 5 gives you dollars. Then one day the two cross paths and you have to choose. How do you balance your side hustle and still have a 9 to 5?

 

Well, we sat down with lifestyle and food blogger and lawyer, Krystle Ng-A-Mann, also known as Dine and Fash about how she balances her 9 to 5 and her blogger career. She gave us her three best tips on how to balance both and be successful.

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1. Get Your Priorities Together
“Learn to prioritize and develop systems to keep you organized. Try to use your time as effectively as possible. But at the same time, make sure to take time for yourself and to have fun. It shouldn’t be all about work all the time,” says Krystle.

 

2. No, No, No!
“Learn how to say “no”. You can’t do everything, so it’s best to say no if there is something you truly can’t or shouldn’t be adding to your plate. Otherwise, if you try to take on too much, it can lead to burnout or spreading yourself too thin.” 

 

3. Risky Business
“Don’t be afraid to take risks and always remember to pursue what you’re passionate about. It’s your passion that will keep you motivated to keep going!”

 

You can follow Krystle on her Instagram or keep up with her posts on her website.

 

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By Prescylla Veronique, Toronto @prescyllav

Fashion Jobs – 6 Ways to Stand Out at Your Next Job Interview

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

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Let’s face it, job hunting — however rewarding in the end — is a very stressful experience. But if you received the call and lined up the big interview, then we want to wish you congratulations! Interviews are nerve-wracking but if you follow our tried and trusted nine to six interview steps, you’ll be sure to stand out and land your dream job.

 

Do Your Research
Once you’ve found out that you landed the interview, it’s crucial to start doing some research on the company right away. Take the time to learn basic background information, such as the year the company officially opened, important key employee names such as the CEO, and the values/mission of the company. This background information about the company will be useful in your interview because it will show your interviewer that you are interested and knowledgeable about the company.

 

Practice Makes Perfect
Once you’ve completed your research, it’s time to start practicing your responses for generic job interview questions that are normally asked by most employers. Questions such as why are you interested in working at this company? What skills and experience do you have that will benefit this company. Take the time to prepare answers to these questions so that you are relaxed and prepared for whatever the interviewer ends up asking.

 

Dress the Part
One of the most important pieces of advice that we’ve ever received is, ” Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”  So, even if you’re applying for an internship or an entry level position, dress like you’re applying to be the new manager. From head to toe, your outfit needs to reflect the company’s culture and dress code of the office. Most offices have a professional dress code that includes blazers, dress pants, skirts, heels, flats and blouses. Hairstyles and jewelry should be kept professional. Remember, by dressing professionally people will take you seriously.

 

Arrive On Time
There’s nothing more important than arriving on time for your interview. And we don’t just mean on time… we mean arriving at least 10-15 minutes early. This will not only help you make a great impression with your potential employers, but it will also give you the time you need to get mentally prepared. Being early shows your potential employer that you’re serious about both the interview and the job. Arriving early also gives you the opportunity to strike up a conversation and make an impression on other employees.

 

Ask Questions
Almost all interviews end with, “Do you have any questions for me?” Use this as your opportunity to show your potential employer that you’re prepared and interested in the company and the role. As the interview goes on, you might develop some questions as you go, but it’s always smart to plan some in advance. You can ask questions regarding the level of pay and the potential start date of employment.

 

Say Thank You
Once the interview is complete, saying thank you to your interviewer isn’t enough. Take the time to send a personal thank you note, whether it’s handwritten or through email. The interviewer will really appreciate that you took the time to thank them, even if it’s a very short note. Here’s a sample of what you can say:

 

Hi ___,

It was a pleasure getting to chat with you today. I really enjoyed getting to learn more about the organization and the  ____ position. The more I learn about [company name], the more inspired I am knowing I could contribute to such a dynamic team. Thanks again for your time and have a great day.

 

Always remember to keep your thank you notes short and to the point. And, if there was more than one person interviewing you, make sure to thank each person individually — it will make sure you leave a great impression!

 

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By Najja Morris, Toronto, @najjamorris

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Fashion Jobs – 15 Things You Must Understand About Workplace Email Etiquette

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

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As a millennial, you are the grand master of short messaging. You text. You tweet. You rely on emojis to get your point across. And short is good, right? Sure it is, when you’re deciding where to meet up with your best bros. But now, as you enter the work world, you may discover that you’re missing an essential business skill — email etiquette.

 

Although this world is transforming quickly, the rules of email etiquette are well established, and they’ve remained unchanged for quite some time — and I’m talking about even in the most progressive of workplaces. So unless you are absolutely sure that your workplace encourages Internet acronyms and SMS abbreviations, or eliminating punctuation altogether (and guess what— I’ve checked around and none of them do), it’s safest to stick to the traditional rules of letter writing for now.

 

Here are 15 things you must know and do to avoid rookie email mistakes and gain the polished image that usually comes only with job experience.

 

1. Reply in 24 hours or less:
Do not allow email to accumulate in your inbox. Answer the easy ones immediately, and if you require more time, then acknowledge receipt of every email, even if you just say, “Thanks.” You may be busy, but do it — it’s simply good etiquette. Now let’s say that the email you received requires some research before you can fully respond. In this case, it’s important to say something like, “I’ve read your email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I finish my analysis.” That way, your co-workers (or, God forbid, your boss) won’t think you’re blowing them off — which would never be a good career move.

 

2. Begin with a salutation:
Unless you’re emailing a bud you talk to every day, or your favorite office mate who sits right next to you, don’t start out with a casual “Hey.” Use a salutation that reflects your relationship to the recipient — perhaps “Hello, Mario,” “Good Morning, Jennifer,” or “Dear Ms. Green.” Forget about “To Whom It May Concern” — too impersonal and way too old-fashioned. And “Dear Sirs” — ouch! (Luckily, I haven’t seen that one in years, and I doubt anyone plans to revive it.)

 

3. Introduce yourself:
Again, unless this is someone you email on a daily basis, don’t assume the recipient knows who you are. Always introduce yourself briefly. You can use something simple like, “Hi, it’s Ophelia at this end,” or you may need to take it a step further and remind the person where you met or what your connection is. Be sure to make it easy on the recipient — it’s the polite thing to do.

 

4. Show the topic in the subject line:
Business professionals can get hundreds of emails each day. If you don’t want yours to get lost in the shuffle, write a clear subject line. For example: Update on the contract negotiations. Materials for tomorrow’s meeting. New information regarding the budget.  Specific, and to the point — make that your rule. This also helps if you’re saving and filing your correspondence — it’ll be much easier to find it later.

 

5. Avoid joking and sarcasm:
Believe me, I hate to ruin anyone’s workplace fun, but jokes and sarcasm are just too dangerous in emails. It’s easy to misinterpret the tone of an email, and you may think you’re being funny, only to have your joke taken the wrong way.  Same thing with sarcasm. Always be polite, professional, and straightforward, and save the jokes for after-work meet-ups.

 

6. Make sure grammar, spelling, and everything else is perfect:
Your email is a reflection of you. It’s a statement of your professionalism. Misspelled words, sloppy grammar, and other mistakes may be okay if you’re dashing off a quick email to your best friend. But in the world of work, it sends the message that you don’t care about what you’re doing. Or you don’t know any better. Turn on your spell check before sending any email. And then, re-read the whole message carefully, looking for missing words or other errors spell check can’t find.

 

7. Don’t use text lingo:
I know. Even our grandmothers are saying “OMG” and “FYI” these days, but trendy abbreviations aren’t appropriate in business email — especially in a diverse, multi-generational office. Lest you think I’m being a killjoy here, let me explain why: simply put, there’s a chance they will be misunderstood. Sure, the recipient could look them up, but who has time for that? Spell out every word and make it easy on everyone.

 

8. Avoid all caps:
Writing anything in all caps will come across as unnecessarily strong — it’s like SHOUTING! RIGHT IN YOUR EAR! Not only that, a subject line in all caps can easily get re-routed to the SPAM file. If you must emphasize a word or phrase in order to clarify your point, use italics. (Much nicer, don’t you think?) And while we’re on the subject, ditto for bolding, underlining, or a gazillion exclamation points!!! Way too loud for general correspondence.

 

9. Be careful what you write:
Unlike your personal email, your professional email, much like your desk and your chair, actually belongs to the company you work for. Your email — for better or worse — may be used by the company to prove “who knew what, and when” in lawsuits, or simply to establish the trademark rights on a new product you’ve helped develop. So never say anything in an email you don’t want the world to read—or anything that could be damaging to you, your boss or co-workers, or your company.

 

10. Close with a sign-off:
An email is like a conversation. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Be sure to end yours with your name, title, and contact info — or whatever format is preferred in your workplace. And a quick “Best regards” or “Best wishes” makes your email more friendly. Nothing wrong with being friendly.

 

11. Take 5 to review your message before hitting “send”:
I’ve already talked about proofreading your email for mistakes. Next, if at all possible, let your email message “rest and relax” a few minutes before you send it. Review it closely to make sure it’s what you really want to say, and that it’s completely clear and understandable. Sometimes you can hit an “Unsend” feature, but it’s not always available (or reliable). To be safe, fill in the recipient’s name in the “To” line only after you’ve deemed your email ready to go.

 

12. Don’t overuse “Reply All”:
In fact, just plain don’t use it unless you absolutely have to. No one wants to receive hundreds of emails on topics they long ago lost interest in — or weren’t involved in to begin with. This is the fastest way to clutter up people’s mailboxes. If a co-worker doesn’t need to hear or know your reply, don’t include them. Also, while we’re on the subject of cluttered mailboxes, don’t forward silly jokes, cartoons, or anecdotes. And yes, I love puppies as much as you do, but sorry, no cute puppy photos, either. It’s bad professional form.

 

13. Keep it short:
Since I’ve already crowned you the grand masters of short messaging, you’d think that millennials wouldn’t have a problem with this. But unless you’re very disciplined, you could have the start of the Great American Novel and not even notice it. So no blabbing, digressing, or running on and on (and on). Short words, short sentences, short paragraphs—and you’re done. And, as additional motivation, remember that many people are reading your emails on their mobile devices. Think brevity.

 

14. Don’t send negative messages via email:
Don’t trash anyone’s idea or project, fire anybody, reprimand anybody, complain about your job, or badmouth the company or (are you crazy?) your boss. Emails live forever and you don’t want to go on record saying something that could haunt you later. Plus, remember that your emails belong to the company, so keep your content completely professional.

 

15. Keep a thread:
When you receive an email that you need to respond to, don’t reply in a brand new email with a new subject line. Instead, hit the “reply” button and continue the thread. That’ll make it easier for everyone to track the progress of a project or assignment. And when that conversation is complete, don’t use the old thread for a new subject. Start a new thread.

 

So, as you transition from school, short-term summer employment, and temporary internships into your career, exercise caution and observe what your co-workers are already doing before you launch into abbrevo-speak, or decide that punctuation is just way too yesterday. This is not the time or place to be a trailblazer. Like it or not, you will probably need to wait for things to change before asking your boss for an “F2F,” or signing off emails with “L8R.”

 

As with so many things, these guidelines are all about the simple concepts of politeness and courtesy—old-school, but always in style. HAG1, muh babes.

 

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By Denise Dudley, Career Guru and author of Work It! Get In, Get Noticed, Get Promoted

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