Is it ever okay to sign off your cover letter with "namaste"?

Joyce Lain Kennedy, America's first nationally syndicated career columnist, has now authored eight career books. She writes in a spirited voice, shares practical advice that has years of real-world knowledge to back it up, and her books are full of examples.

And, I am so pleased to say, this is the second of her books to which I have been invited to contribute. In fact, when I received my copy in the mail last week, I counted eight of my samples - yes, I counted! It's a real thrill and honour to join other industry leaders in this book!

So, is it okay to sign off a cover letter with something other than "Sincerely," "Regards," "Yours truly"?

Of course it is! And one of my samples (page 75) does just that. Here is what Joyce L. Kennedy wrote about that ending:

A national health care practitioner (CHERMAINE) weaves a personal history into her letter to a health food products sales manager, suggesting that she is a good fit in the health food culture by closing with "Namaste," a conventional Hindu expression, usually stated while holding the palms together vertically in front of the bosom.

Kennedy preceded the sample with this paragraph:

Simply being remembered as a qualified individual among faceless hoards of candidates is a big threshold to cross. A memorable story helps employers recall individuals when deciding who to interview. Notice the humanizing touches that bring readers closer to good feelings about unknown candidates in the two following samples.

That letter is an interesting one. In it my client claims that "I admit that you will have a challenge with me ..." but I'll leave that for another journal!

- here to support my clients with industry-leading practices, Stephanie