What to include at the start of your emails
The beginning of your email should contain the following:
To start an email, you should begin with a greeting. You might do this in a variety of ways depending on your reason for writing and who you’re writing to.
2. Well wishes (optional)
After your greeting, it is optional to include a quick, positive note like “Hope all is well” or “Hope you had a terrific weekend.” This is appropriate if you haven’t written to the recipient for a lengthy amount of time or if you have a close relationship with the recipient. If you know your audience appreciates a concise note with only key information, you might leave this part out.
Then, be sure to include a concise sentence or two about why you are writing. Informing the recipient about the goal of your email can help set the tone for the rest of your correspondence.
Let’s take a closer look at email greetings you might use depending on the email.
Here are several examples of greetings you can choose from to start your email. As discussed in the tips above, be sure to select a greeting that applies to your audience and reason for writing:
When writing to one or two recipients:
Dear [Name] and [Name],
When writing to three or more recipients:
[Group or team name],
When you are unsure of the recipient’s name:
Dear Sir or Madam,
Dear Hiring Manager,