Spanish for Professional Purposes...

...for teachers and students who see the need for Spanish language and Hispanic cultures knowledge in professional contexts.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

email etiquette

An earlier post covered the appropriate greetings and closing for business correspondence in Spanish.

But before sending a business email to ask someone for information, STOP and ask yourself, "is there another way I can get this information?"

Is it online?

Is it in a document you have or have access to?

Will you see a friend or colleague in the near future who can give you that information?

In a professional context, an employer won't want to walk you through every single task--especially if it involves information that is readily available elsewhere precisely because so many people need that information so often.

Likewise, an employer isn't going to want to work side-by-side with you on everything, thus burning two man hours for every task that only requires one.

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