Etiquette Tip of the Week: E-mail Etiquette

Etiquette Tip of the Week: E-mail Etiquette

“When an email doesn’t have a salutation, I don’t know whether it is addressed to me, or blind copied to a hundred others.”
That was a great insight I received from a Career Services executive at a top law school.
Email is fast and efficient. Emails are read quickly — we are more likely to scan an email than to read every word. Emails are also written quickly, leaving more room for error… and informality.
When using email for business, make it more, well… businesslike. That doesn’t mean it has to be stiff and formal with all the charm of the National Spelling Bee word list. It means personalize it.

1) Begin with a salutation (Dear…: or To….:) and end with a closing (Sincerely, All the best, Warm regards,).
2) State your purpose early. (“I’m writing to follow up on our conversation yesterday.”) Another great insight came from an executive recruiter who said, “If someone emails you a request, acknowledge it.” (“I will get you those numbers by end of business Thursday.”)
3) Use plain language. Don’t try to impress with complicated words that readers might stumble over. (“Use” instead of “utilize.” “Agree” instead of “concur.”) Avoid texting jargon. Call me old and unhip, but when I get texting jargon, I usually have to look it up.
4) Make people feel like you are talking to them, not just anyone. (“Attached is the information we talked about. Thank you for taking time to meet with me.”)
5) Proofread, so it’s easy to read. An email full of spelling and grammar errors is like telling the reader, “You weren’t worth me taking a second look.”

Now that you know how to write a better business email, you can get back to clearing yours.

Part-Time Babysitter

I am interested in hiring a student-part time to watch my two children after school. They are ages 14 (girl) and 11 (boy). We need help from the hours of 3 pm-7 pm (latest) during the school year. The children need transportation to after school activities and help with their homework. I would also like the student to get dinner ready and possibly some light house-keeping. We live in Pelham, NY and are willing to pay $15/hour. I can be reached at 917 769 4797.

Home Assistant Bronxville Family

Description:  Help with household activities for professional mother.  Does not involve childcare.  Must have car, and be a student at Iona.  Provide background, email, and phone number.

Hourly Pay:  $20 per hour
Time:  9-4 Tue, Thu and Fri

Babysitter Larchmont

Seeking responsible, experienced, energetic babysitter to assist in the weekday evenings (4-5x per week) in Larchmont with 2 kids — a 4 year old and a 3 week old. Hours flexible but likely to be around between 530-830pm daily (may ask for additional occasional hours during the week during the day if available). Responsibilities will likely include pick-up from nearby pre-school, and dinner/clean-up, bathtime and bedtime for older kid (or potentially watching/taking care of baby while I take care of older kid’s evening routine). Experience with small infants strongly preferred. Need own transportation and clean driving record. References required.
Mid-July start and I am hoping to find someone who can continue through 2016. Please contact me (email preferred) if interested in applying.

Linda Fang
(917) 687-6210 (mobile)

Seeking Part-Time Babysitter

Seeking Part-Time Babysitter

Beechmont/Larchmont Woods family seeks a reliable, part-time babysitter to assist with preschool pickup and early evening care for 4 year old child 2-3 times per week from approximately 5-7 p.m. Must have experience caring for small children, be very responsible, and have a clean driving record. Babysitter would need to handle very light dinner preparation for 4 year old. A car is not provided – please have your own. Preference will be given to applicants who love reading to kids and enjoy outdoor activities.

If qualified and interested, please contact Leah Pauly from your Iona e-mail account at The pay rate is $15-$20 per hour. We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible. Thanks!!

Mother’s Helper Needed

Mother’s helper needed to help care for 9 year old boy in New Rochelle. Must have a car and clean driving record.
I am looking for a mature, caring and responsible person to help with my son. I work based from home but travel regularly and need someone who is comfortable driving and is flexible. Hours would vary from 6 to 14 hours a week dependent on my travel schedule. My husband works in the city and rarely travels for work.

Basic responsibilities
-Driving to and from activities
-Getting him off the bus
-Helping with homework
-Preparing dinner
-Helping him manage his time, get his chores done and keep school items organized

-Getting him off the bus from camp
-Taking him to and from Bronx Zoo Camp the 2nd week of August
-Preparing dinner
-Occasional playdate

School Year
-Driving to and from activities
-Getting him off the bus
-Helping with homework
-Preparing dinner
-Helping him manage his time, get his chores done and keep school items organized
-Helping on half days and snow days

Contact info
Jennifer Feeley

Afternoon Babysitter – Scarsdale

Afternoon Babysitter – Scarsdale.  My family is looking for part-time child care help starting October 2015.  I live in Scarsdale and have two mature sons who are 15 and 12.  Position is for a licensed, experienced driver who has a car and is available between 3pm-7pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Job responsibilities include driving the boys to after-school activities, doing some laundry (theirs), and occasionally making them dinner (or supervising them while they do).  Rate is $16/hour, will guarantee 8 hours a week but could be more, plus $20/week for gas.  Must be okay with a (friendly, hypoallergenic) dog in the home.  If interested, please contact Sharon Hoffman at  Referrals requested.  Iona students only; please contact me from your Iona email account.


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