Thursday, October 9, 2014

Business Etiquette: How to sign off on an email

An interesting look at how to sign off (business) emails -- from an article on Forbes.  LOL: the article lists almost 100 ways people sign off for emails.


Before I dive into the list, here are my four general rules for signing off on emails:
1.  Don’t include quotes. They bog down emails and take up readers’ precious time.

2. Avoid oversized corporate logos. Sometimes we have no choice about this, because our companies insist we include these things, but if they are too big, they draw the eye away from the message.

3. Include your title and contact info, but keep it short. In most business emails, you’re doing the person a favor by sharing your vital information. But make it minimal. Mine just says, “Susan Adams, Senior Editor, Forbes  212-206-5571.” A short link to your website is fine but avoid a laundry list of links promoting your projects and publications.

4. Do include some kind of sign-off in the first email in a chain (once you’ve started a thread, you don’t need to keep signing off).

Favorite sign-offs:


All Best – Harmless.

All the best – This works too.

Best Regards – More formal than the ubiquitous “Best.” I use this occasionally.

Regards – Fine, anodyne, helpfully brief. I use this too.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Clearing a drain: baking soda + vinegar

If a drain is slow, the following method using hot water + baking soda; then adding hot water  + vinegar -- and then flushing with hot water, works great.  Sometimes, I will use a plunger beforehand; this sometimes loosens debris enough to unclog slow drains.

If the plunger method doesn't work, then:

  • Flush with hot water (pot or several cups of hot water)
  • Cup of baking soda with hot water to get it into the drain.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes
  • Add cup of vinegar, flush down with cup of hot water.
  • Close drain and let sit for 10-15 minutes
  • Flush with hot water.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Career: How to answer, "What did you earn in your last job?"

Some good advice on this tough question:

Interviewers aren't trying to be rude. They've just drunk a lot of toxic lemonade themselves. They'll say "We need your past salary information."

Really? You need it? I understand that people in Hell need ice water, my darling.
They don't need to know your past salaries. They just want it. As we tell our kids, Want and Need are two different things.

Tell them your salary requirement, instead. That's all they need to make a Yes or No decision about whether your salary requirements and their salary range are in the same ballpark.