How to End a Cover Letter (Good and Bad Closing Paragraphs)

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

A hiring manager may read through hundreds of cover letters each week when determining the right fit for 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.

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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. And entice the reader to complete the cover letter.

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 the company's company values. 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 business's values. Additionally, the job description or job advertisement (job posting) may be a helpful resource in targeting a statement to the potential employer. One that makes them feel like the cover letter has gotten 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.

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Using skills to close a cover letter

If the job asks for specific skills. Then 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 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 get shared in the interview. This can help to secure a phone interview.

And 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 gets 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 get 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 get required of most job applicants.

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Good Cover Letter Closing Statement Examples

Below are closing paragraphs and thank-you messages for professional cover letters. These closings apply to all types of jobs and job applications.

Closing Example #1

I'm looking forward to sharing more details regarding my background. And how my previous job experience is going to play a pivotal role in the objectives of the company and the position.

Thank you so much for your time, Mr. Johnson.
Cindy Stock

Closing Example #2

This position is one that truly excites me. The idea that this position is going to utilize software engineering to accelerate sales objectives is something that I'd like to be part of. I'm looking forward to sharing my background with you and learning more about your objectives for this role.

Thank you so much for your time, Mrs. Riley.
Cindy Stock

Closing Example #3

After reviewing the school district's objectives for faculty in this role, I'm really excited. The idea that we'll be embracing the use of technology in the classroom is something I've been looking for in my career. Especially as a teacher. I look forward to interviewing and hope that we can connect this week.

Thank you so much for your time, Mrs. Riley.
Cindy Stock

Using a "P.S." in the cover letter can be a fun way to add a message to the letter. It's advised that when using a P.S. (or postscript message), write something personal to the reader. For example, during the research about the role, we uncovered that the hiring manager was a sports fan. Or was particularly passionate about an aspect of the job that makes them unique. It's great to use a postscript to address this opportunity.

Let's look at a few examples of using a postscript in the closing paragraph.

Closing Example #4

I'm really excited about this opportunity because I firmly believe in the companies missions. I would love to be part of a business that has efforts across the globe. As it pertains to healthy drinking water and accessibility to food. This is something that I will feel proud of. And a type of business that I will feel proud to share with my children and my spouse. I hope we can connect this week regarding the role.

Thank you so much for your time, Mrs. Riley.
Cindy Stock

P.S. I'm a big Chicago Cubs baseball fan, too!

Bonus Example #5

I'm really excited about this opportunity because I firmly believe in the companies missions. I would love to be part of a business that has efforts across the globe. As it pertains to healthy drinking water and accessibility to food. This is something that I will feel proud of. And a type of business that I will feel proud to share with my children and my spouse. I hope we can connect this week regarding the role.

Thank you so much for your time, Mrs. Riley.
Cindy Stock

P.S. I noticed you were particularly passionate about the efforts going on in the Middle East. And I share that sentiment. I look forward to connecting on that during the job interview!

Bonus Example #6

I'm very passionate about this position. I took the time to research the current market conditions. And I concluded that there are opportunities in the job search market. As consultants, if we decided to expand into this market. I believe there is roughly an 18% margin to be made on the products and services that can get placed there. I would really love to show my research during the interview.

Thank you so much for your time, Mrs. Riley.
Randy Peck

Also, I took note that you were passionate about data analytics. I recently decided to receive my data analytics master's degree, a new type of degree offered by institutions. I decided to go with Carnegie Mellon's program. I look forward to connecting with you on that!

Poor Cover Letter Closing Statement Examples

Below are closing paragraphs that should not get emulated. Closing paragraphs should be personal, impactful, and tailored to the company and the job title. These generic closing paragraphs lack impact.

Poor Example #1

Truly, I look forward to interviewing with you. I only have a few days this week that I'm available. If we'd like to interview, it will have to be soon.

Thanks again,
Robert

Pro tip: A strong cover letter closing puts a "call to action" at the bottom for hiring managers. To get the hiring manager's attention, say something about the company's mission toward the end of the letter.

Poor Example #2

I'm the best candidate for this position and I know you'll never be able to find a more ideal candidate than me. How is that for confidence in the position?

Thanks again,
Robert

Cover Letter Closing Salutations & Sign-offs

Use these cover letter closing salutations when finishing a professional job application cover letter. Strong cover letter closings are enthusiastic and confident. Here are cover letter sign-offs to use:

  • I look forward to our interview.
  • Thank you for reading my cover letter.
  • Sincerely.
  • With the utmost of respect.
  • Thank you so much.
  • Thank you.
  • Best.
  • Best regards.

Cover Letter Format

Contact Information (Contact details)
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 Examples

Below is a cover letter sample:

Ian Smith
[email protected]
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. And if there is any information that you'd like to see that I didn't include in my application. Then 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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Cover Letter Closing Tips

Tips for job seekers on closing a powerful cover letter.

Address the recipient by name, again

A great cover letter addresses the recipient by name. By using the reader's name in the greeting of the cover letter (e.g., "Dear Mr. Johnson"), the reader will feel the letter has been personalized to them (which it has). The best way to end the cover letter is to use the recipient's name one more. For example, "Thank you so much for your time, Mr. Johnson."

This supports the fact that the cover letter writer and job seeker took the time to read the job description. And research the company, research who is hiring for the position, and ensuring that the cover letter was addressed to them. In both in what the cover letter says. And the salutation and closing phrase.

Include contact information in the cover letter signature

Including a phone number, email address, personal website, or other contact information in the cover letter signature is recommended. And while contact information should be included in the cover letter heading (using a professional business letter heading). Including the contact information can make the letter look professional and official.

For example:

After reviewing the school district's objectives for faculty in this role, I'm really excited. The idea that we'll be embracing the use of technology in the classroom is something I've been looking for in my career. Especially as a teacher. I look forward to interviewing and hope that we can connect this week.

Thank you so much for your time, Mrs. Riley.
Cindy Stock
634-944-9487
[email protected]

Using a personalized signature

While this isn't necessary, a personal signature to end the cover letter can add personalization to the letter and make the letter look official. It's easy to add a personal signature to a PDF document (or cover letter) before sending the job application. For those on Apple computers, scanning a personal signature is easy. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Open the PDF in "Preview" and click the toolbox icon.
  • Step 2: Click on the "Signature" icon. And then click "Create Signature."
  • Step 3: Click "Click here to begin" and use the camera or track pad to create a signature.
  • Step 4: Record the signature and then click "Done" to complete the signature.
  • Step 5: Click the signature that was created and place it on the PDF document, then click File and Save.

For more information on how to add a signature to a PDF document (or cover letter), follow this resource.

How to sign a cover letter

Curious about the letter signature placement, here is where to sign a cover letter. Place the signature after the closing salutation and contact information. Like the following:

Beth Brooks
111 West Maple Lane,
Chicago, Illinois, 60610
[email protected]
663-847-8884
[Letter Signature Here]

Using a full name in the signature

And while a tiny detail. Using our full names when closing the cover letter can make the letter look professional. And present business etiquette. Or finalize a formal letter. For example, finishing a letter by saying the following looks slightly less professional:

I really look forward to connecting and presenting my resume, Mr. Johnson.
Cindy

Than if we compare the following signature, using the full name of the letter writer:

I really look forward to connecting and presenting my resume, Mr. Johnson.
Mrs. Cindy Stock

While a tiny detail, these details accumulate. And produce a far more professional letter than other job applicants might write. Assisting in the process of presenting ourselves as professionals who can professionally conduct business.

Ending a cover letter for a promotion

When applying for a position internally. Usually to suggest a desire to be promoted. An employee may want to suggest details in the cover letter closing paragraph that supports a desire to stay with the company. Why? When a hiring manager reads a cover letter for a promotion, there's a chance of miscommunication. Primarily, if the employee does not receive the promotion, the employee may decide to leave the company.

To prevent this potential miscommunication. This is how a cover letter should get closed when applying for a promotion. Or applying for a new position within the same company:

While I'm applying for this promotion, I would like to say that I'm very proud to be part of this business. And I'm proud of how we are addressing issues in the world. I'm very pleased with my current position. And if this promotion is not awarded to me, I will be staying with the company and be as happy as I was previously.

Thank you so much for considering my promotion within this fantastic company, Mr. Addingdale.
Mr. Earl Nightengale

Ending a cover letter for an internship

When applying for an internship position, there isn't going to be any previous work experience to reference. Meaning, as a job applicant, we can't suggest that we can increase sales. Or decrease the time spent on certain business processes. But what can be suggested is either early research into opportunities for the business.

Here is an example of performing early research for the business and presenting an opportunity:

Because I'm very passionate about this internship opportunity, I took a look at the market the team is looking to compete in. It looks like about 3 other companies are going into the sales automation space. And while I understand that this internship position assists with the administrative duties the team requires. I noticed about 5 features that other sales automation tools lack. And I look forward to sharing those opportunities with you in the interview.

Thank you so much for your time, Mrs. Riley.
Mr. Robert Stockington

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