Have you ever considered how your bad email habits might be affecting your productivity?
On average, we spend thirteen hours a week on email. The typical person checks their inbox 77 times a day, sends and receives more than 122 emails per day, and spends 28 percent of their workweek managing and organizing their inbox.
While spending more time on email might make you feel productive in the moment, it’s probably a detriment to your focus and the work you actually need to get done. Resolve to kick bad email habits to the curb this year and claim back your time and sanity.
Cybersecurity is a topic that we all know to be important, but it often goes overlooked when we fool ourselves into believing that “it won’t happen to us.” The fact of the matter is, anyone with an email account is highly susceptible to being exposed to cyberattacks.
According to an article published by Security Magazine, 1 in 50 emails contains some type of malicious content. Digital Trends estimates that 10% of all compromised emails contain malware such as spyware, ransomware, adware, or trojans.
If you’ve ever ignored a message because it began with “To Whom It May Concern”, you know just how important it is to start an email in a more personal manner. The same idea goes with an overenthusiastic message – it can seem too “in your face” and might come across as desperate.
It can be a challenge to know how to make a good first impression over email – especially when you’re writing to someone you don’t know very well.
Is “Dear” too formal? Is “Hey” too casual? Is “Happy Monday!” too cheesy?
Annoying marketing emails, newsletters, and spam don’t deserve to take up valuable space in your inbox.
That’s where filters come in – they let you automatically move unimportant emails and batch them so you never have to see them first thing when you check your inbox. In the same way, they move emails from important contacts into a priority queue so you always see those messages immediately.
When an unwanted newsletter or marketing email ends up in your inbox, there’s only one thing to do, right? Unsubscribe.
We’re here to tell you that’s not your only option. That’s actually not even the safest option! The act of clicking “unsubscribe” sends a signal to the email sender that your email is active. Unsubscribing can then put you on additional lists, causing the number of unwanted emails to go up instead of down.
Do I need a cover letter? Are cover letters really that important to include?
In 2019, it’s unclear, but some job applications still require one. If it’s any consolation, the cover letter is a great place to include any relevant information that might not be apparent on your resume.
Which brings us to another vexing question – should you copy your cover letter in the body of an email or attach it to the email? There are no hard and fast rules, but it’s always best to follow the company’s instructions on the application.