One Unknown Email Tool That Will Totally Save Your Job
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One Unknown Email Tool That Will Totally Save Your Job

by Career Contessa
December 21, 2015

WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. SOMETIMES YOU'LL MAKE A SLIGHTY EMBARRASSING TYPO, LIKE WHEN YOU'RE TIRED AND MIX UP "THEIR" AND "THERE." AND THEN THERE ARE THE EGREGIOUS ONES—LIKE EMAILING YOUR DAD A MESSAGE YOU MEANT FOR YOUR BOYFRIEND. 

When someone pitched this article during an editorial meeting, we immediately launched into our own horror stories about emails gone wrong. The winner (we won't name names because girl squad) was when one of us received an email asking her to come in to interview for a position she wanted. She immediately forwarded it to her dad with a celebratory: "YES! I'M IN!!!"—only to find she'd actually replied all to her interviewers. 

Wouldn't it be nice if the world gave us a monthly allottment of do-overs? 

Wouldn't it be nice if the world gave us a monthly allottment of do-overs?

Fortunately, there's now an app for that. Well, sort of. A few months back, Gmail introduced "Undo." {Click to Tweet} After adding it to their desktop version, they've also deployed it to the Gmail app. In other words: if you haven't enabled this tool yet (truth: we hadn't), you're way behind the times.

Once you've turned it on in your account seetings, you have from 5-30 seconds to "undo send" on any email blunder depending on your preference. Hit send by mistake before you finished writing? No problem. Misspell that clients name? Never happened.

Research shows that sloppy emailing directly affects the impression you make on your recipient. A typo in a flustered email can actually make you sound even angrier. For women like us who are often the youngest on our team, avoiding amateur mistakes is an essential survival tactic. Just enable it. Today.

TURN IT ON

1. Go to your Settings panel (top right)

2. Under General, locate the section called "Undo Send" and check the box "Enable Undo Send." Then select your desired cancellation period.

3. Click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the window.

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What tool do you use that you think everyone should know about? Also, feel free to share your own accidental email horror stories below.