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Hurst Advises on Email Etiquette

Among the faux pas that many recent college graduates make early in their careers is being too casual in their emails, according to DEE HURST, director of human resources at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. "A lot of new grads get nailed in their career early for sending really too casual e-mails," Hurst said. An e-mail is still a written document that can be printed and forwarded, so use proper grammar and check your spelling. As a rule of thumb: visualize any e-mails you send as also going to a manager two levels above you, Hurst said. Also nix the online abbreviations, and save the "emoticons," which use punctuation to express emotion, for text messages to your friends. The newspaper is based in Louisiana.

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