1. Joanna

    My job requires a great deal of email communication, so as a courtesy, I like to email people with something in the subject line they can quickly identify the message with afterward, i.e. “John Smith – account problem” or “Wednesday meeting agenda.” Yes, I can later do an inbox search for keywords, but in my humble opinion it’s much easier if you can just scan through recent messages.

    Unfortunately, most people don’t do the same for me. I can’t tell you how many messages I get with subject lines like “hi!” or even better, totally blank.

  2. Jody

    Definitely put something in the subject line — EPI’s suggestion of “Request for a Letter of Recommendation” is excellent. That lets the receipient know at a glance what you’re message is about. Messages in my inbox with blank subject lines tend to go to the bottom of the pile.

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