Avoid These 8 Overused Email Phrases If You Want to Land a Job


Whether you’re in between jobs and job seeking or looking for a career change, there are some big things you should avoid writing in your emails to prospective employers.


We’ve all received emails that are filled with cliched work phrases. And we probably roll our eyes and move on. But we ourselves are often guilty of using them, too.


Here are eight common email phrases to nix from your vocabulary and alternatives to try instead.

1. “As per my last email”

Instead of using a different phrase, it’s best to just not use this one at all. It will be implicit from that content that you’re following up.

2. “To Whom It May Concern”

Sometimes, you will need to do some research to find an actual name.

3. “Just letting you know”

By sending the email, you’re letting the recipient know about the content — and you don’t need to state the obvious with extra words.

4. “Just checking in”

You want to sound breezy, but if this is important to you, then you shouldn’t downplay the importance of your message.

5. “Thanks in advance”

The fact is, you don’t have any control over whether or not they do it, and you will only irritate them by thanking them in advance. 

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