Job applications part 2: email sign offs
Best wishes, thanx, yours respectfully. Which email sign off do you use? And how can it affect a recruiter’s view of you?
We’ve been talking about email sign offs here at HQ. Are we becoming more relaxed in how we use ‘e-speak’ or are we just being sloppy by downgrading our sign offs to something more appropriate for a Clinton’s greeting card?
Come on, own up, who else has put a kiss at the end of an email and happily sent it into the ether, before realising it was to someone far too important to be receiving smiley faces or otherwise at the end of their communications? Hopefully not you, but it’s so easily done.
Remember when you couldn’t break the rules?
It wasn’t all that long ago that we communicated with each other mainly by letter. Okay, maybe it was, but letters still have a sense of formality and ‘rules’ about them. Some of us continue to use the ‘Yours Sincerely’ sign off, whilst simultaneously debating the rule of this versus, ‘Yours faithfully’. So should we technically be applying the same rules of grammar to everything we write? And what happens if you’re writing a covering letter for a job application?
In a recent article in The Independent, sign offs were explored in great detail, with ‘Cheers’ being cited as a very British way of signing off an email. For an informal greeting, most of us would agree that it has become a highly acceptable way to end your e-piece.
Create a lasting impression with your applications
Yet, when you’re applying for a new role, you want to create the best possible impression from the outset. One of our Directors, Deborah O’Sullivan says, “When you apply for a career role, you’re being assessed at every point in the process, from the moment you start to type your application. So smiley faces and kisses are inappropriate. And believe it or not, people do use them!”
Which sign off do we use most here at Ten2Two? It depends who we’re talking to. But generally, you can’t go wrong with a ‘Best regards’. Or if you’re emailing a colleague, a simple ‘Many thanks’ will do.
So go on, drop us an email today. Whether you’re looking for your next star hire to help grow your business or if you’re hunting for an exciting flexible career role, we can help.