How to End a Cover Letter (Good and Bad Closing Paragraph Examples) [2020]

how to end a cover letter

A cover letter closing or closing statement is the final paragraph a hiring manager (or recruiter) is going to see when reading a cover letter. This closing paragraph should assist in keeping the reader engaged, making them want to read the resume that was attached in the job application.

A hiring manager may read through hundreds of cover letters each week when determining the right fit from a job seeker. From the start of the cover letter, it needs to grab the reader’s attention. All the way through to the final paragraph. This means it’s important that cover letter writers consider the final paragraph when writing a winning cover letter for the desired employer.

A common cover letter ending for a prospective employer may look like the following:

It’s going to be very easy to add me to the team. I guarantee you I’m a good fit. You won’t regret this decision!

Or another poor example of a cover letter closing paragraph:

This is my dream job, I can’t wait to talk with you about it!

That cover letter closing paragraph lacks personality and customization. A great cover letter closing should align with either the job description, the company’s goals, or use relevant skills to entice the reader to continue reading.

Cover Letter Tip: Performing an informational interview before writing a cover letter can be very helpful. This is where a job seeker interviews an employed professional to learn more about what the company values in an employee. This exchange of career advice can be very beneficial in writing a good cover letter and closing a job search.

How to End a Cover Letter

Before writing a cover letter ending, consider the assets used to write the cover letter itself or the opening paragraph. This could be the company “About Us” page that lists company goals, company culture, or other insights about the values of the business. Additionally, the job description or job advertisement (job posting) may be a helpful resource in targeting a statement to the potential employer that makes them feel like the cover letter has been customized to them.

For example, if the job description asks for a variety of certifications or another unique qualification. It may be helpful to close the cover letter with the reassurance of those details. For example:

I noticed the job requires CPR certification. I’d love to share with you my certifications over our first interview. This includes CPR, CNAT, and some Registered Nurse certifications that may be applicable and valuable to this role.

If the job asks for specific skills, using work experiences that display specific examples of using those skills can be a great way to entice the reader. For example:

I noticed the job requires heavy relationship building skills. I’d love to share with you how I increased our overall lead generation by 30% in the sales team by using networking events.

Both methods use a “Call to Action” that supports telling the reader that a further story would like to be shared in the interview. This can help to secure a phone interview.

If the job application has recommendation letters that support a career achievement or work experiences that support relevant skills, it may be beneficial to refer to those letters as a way of vouching for what was requested in the job description or job posting. For example:

I noticed the job requires heavy relationship building skills. I’d love to share stories with you about how our team used marketing automation and relationship-building techniques to build sales by 30%. Additionally, the recommendation letter attached by Mr. Johnson speaks to these experiences.

After the closing statement or closing paragraph, a salutation should be provided. A formal salutation is best for ending a cover letter. When the closing paragraph has a strong “Call to Action” associated with it, a simple closing salutation is best. For example:

Yours truly

Tip: There is no “perfect cover letter”, aim to have a customized and well thought out cover letter that speaks directly to the hiring manager and business. This will make for an effective cover letter that doesn’t feel like a “generic cover letter” to the reader. Avoid grammatical errors and spelling mistakes as written communication skills are often required of most job applicants.

Cover Letter Format

Contact Information
Name
Phone Number
Email Address
LinkedIn Profile
(Optional) Professional Website

Salutation
Dear Mr./Mrs. First Last Name

Opening Paragraph
The first paragraph should greet the reader and suggest an understanding of the job requirements. This paragraph should be no more than 150 words.

Second Paragraph
The body paragraph should contain relative work examples and career accomplishments that entice the hiring manager to read the resume.

Closing Paragraph
Thank the reader for their time. Suggest a desire to interview with the company as soon as possible.

Letter Closing
Sincerely/Yours truly

Signature
Typed Name or handwritten signature

Cover Letter Example

Below is a cover letter sample:

Ian Smith
ian@smith.com
639-555-9984
Sales Associate

May 1st, 2013

Dear Mr. Johnson —

I have always been told that I have a strong personality. One that is approachable, sociable, and more. This is why I feel like I'll be a perfect fit for your open Sales Associate position. I understand that the needs of the job are more than simply selling. But being a domain expert as well.

During my tenure as a previous Retail Associate I was able to:

  • Learn the inner workings of a highly detailed product and be able to sell it to customers.
  • Manage a sales floor as well as interact with customers and deal with customer support issues.
  • Collaborate, direct, and communicate efficiently to other retail and sales associates.
I look forward to interviewing with you. If there is any information that you'd like to see that I didn't include in my application, please feel free to contact me and I will return that to you as soon as possible. My enclosed resume should provide more insights into my career achievements for you.

Sincerely,
Ian Smith
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author: patrick algrim
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Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.

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