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Old 02-01-2006, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question First name or last name?

What do you guys think? When you get an email from a prospective employer, and they say:

Best Regards,
Bob

Should I respond back saying "Hi Bob," or "Dear Mr. [Last name]".
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it depends on what they want..
do you know his last name?

if you do, respond back by saying: "dear mr. ..."
dont forget that he is an employer, not one of your friends. you have to try to act professional.
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Yeah, I do know his last name. This is his second email actually.

In the first email he sent, he signed with his full name signature (company signature). I replied with, "Dear Mr. Schiller,". In his response to that email, he just signed it with "Regards, Bob". And I need to send another email.

So what do u think?
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just be polite. it wont harm anybody.
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yeah he's not going to be ofended if you use his last name. But he might if you use his first
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Cool cool. Email sent. Until he tells me otherwise, I guess it should be the last name.
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Omg just had to write like 25 letters to suppliers becuase Iam moving my buisness to a bigger location.
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I think it doesn't matter that much. I mostly start with "Dear Mr. XXX," then after a couple of emails I reply with "Dear Bob,".
If they start sending me mail with "Hi," or "Hello," or "Dear Frans," I always reply with "Dear Bob,".
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