Dear First Gen,
The Tuesday after Memorial Day is often the start date for many internships, externships, or any other experiential opportunities where you are placed in a professional or business setting. During this important week, it may serve you to know some professional etiquette for written correspondence with your supervisor, fellow intern/extern, or anyone else you are communicating with.
As early as middle school, we were taught the difference between a business letter and a personal letter, and much of those lessons stand true today. But there’s always room for adjustment. Personally, it took me a few attempts to decide on the salutation and signature that was both proper and fitting of my personality. Every so often, I switch my greeting and sign-off depending on the recipient, i.e. a judge, legislator, dignitary, or colleague. Here are a few suggestions:
Business: Dear Sir/Madam: OR Dear Mr./Mrs. Smith: OR To Whom It May Concern:
Personal: Dear Stacey, OR Hello Stacey, OR Hi Stacey,
Business: Sincerely, OR Respectfully,
Personal: Yours Truly, OR Best wishes,
The ABA Journal discusses this topic in further detail.
Tell me: How do you begin or end your correspondence?
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