How to End a Cover Letter (Good and Bad Closing Paragraph Examples) 
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:
Or another poor example of a cover letter closing paragraph:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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