T-SQL: Is there a better way to write 'where column_name like '%CS?

Hi Experts,
I would like to do an update. What would be the best way to do it if mail_cd is always 5 characters and I'd like to capture the last two characters only? This is how I'm doing it now but I'm curious if there is a better way to do it:

update Employees set Department ='Customer Service' where mail_cd like '%CS'
romsomIT DeveloperAsked:
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
That way is fine, and wold be better performance only if Department and mail_cd were indexed.

Otherwise, RIGHT(mail_cd, 2) works, SUBSTRING(mail_cd, 4, 2) works too.

>mail_cd is always 5 characters
Might not be a bad ideal to run the below just to make sure:

SELECT mail_cd FROM Employees WHERE LEN(mail_cd) <> 5
ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
Nope, as long as you don't want to use indices.

In this case create a persisted, computed colum of REVERSE(mail_cd) and create an index on this column. Then search for
 WHERE reversed_mail_cd LIKE REVERSE('%CS').

Otherwise is not sargeable.
Russ SuterCommented:
Your method works OK. An alternative would be:

 Department = 'Customer Service'
 RIGHT(mail_cd, 2) = 'CS'

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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
ste5an - Does that mean that LIKE '%CS' is not SARGable, but LIKE 'CS%' is?  
If so, good to know, learn something new every day..
romsomIT DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thank you all!
Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Thanks for the split.  Good luck with your code.  -Jim
ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
@Jim: Yup, LIKE 'xyz%' can use an index seek.
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