Writing E-mails That Will Be Read
With employees spending more than one-fourth of their time dealing with e-mail, it’s no wonder some are ignored. To make sure your e-mails are read, follow these tips.
- Write useful subject lines. Research shows readers are more likely to open e-mails that have two types of subject lines: those that are informative, and those that spark the reader’s interest.
- Be concise. Readers are busy, so the faster your e-mail gets to the point, the more likely the recipient is to read it. Make every word fight for its life.
- Limit scope. E-mails that try to deal with too many topics are often ignored. Instead compose an e-mail designed to elicit a response to one question.
- Add a human touch. Make sure the e-mail goes to the correct person. Directly address that individual and use afriendly tone.
Millennials Uncertain About Career Futures
Younger workers tend to be optimistic about the future of their careers, but not millennials, according to a recent study. While the generation as a whole is willing to put in the most time for professional development compared to Gen-Xers or Boomers, its members voiced uncertainty about the future of their jobs.
The study was conducted by Champlain College in an effort to understand the needs of its student demographic. Julie Quinn, Champlain’s interim president, noted that the study’s results provide a guideline for colleges. She says that since students don’t believe their jobs are secure, they will need to regularly update their skills. Therefore, colleges must teach students how to learn.
Tips for Starting Conversations
Many people find it difficult to start conversations that can help strangers connect. Experts offer these tips.
Start first. Strike up the conversation yourself instead of waiting for someone else to. A simple “hello” can be all you need. Then ask thoughtful questions and listen to answers before talking about yourself.
Tell stories. Once you’ve started a two-way conversation, be prepared to share well-rehearsed stories that demonstrate characteristics you want people to learn about you. However, make sure your stories don’t come off as bragging.
Look the part. People notice others who appear well-groomed, put together, and nicely dressed. By presenting yourself professionally, you send the message you are someone worth connecting to. It’s also a good idea to wear a piece of clothing or an accessory that is a conversation starter, as long as it’s not outlandish or outrageous.