So, you’ve come around to the closing paragraph or sentence in your cover letter and you’re wondering what to say to really capture the hiring manager’s attention. A good cover letter beginning needs a good end and we’ve got you covered! We’ll show you how to end a cover letter the right way. Also, despite a lot of bad advice all over the internet, cover letters are important and many hiring managers do read it.
We’ll show you some awesome lines to close your cover letter with, but here is what should be included in the last paragraph of your cover letter.
You want to ensure you include the following points:
- Re-state your desire to work there and why you would be a good fit.
- Ask them for an interview.
- Thank them for their time and consideration.
Here is an example on how to end a cover letter from our post on writing an awesome cover letter:
This is a great closing paragraph for a cover letter which incorporates the three points above. Always mention a call to action which in this case would be inviting you to an interview. You should, of course, also thank the reader for their consideration.
Here are some other great closing sentences to give you an idea of how to end a cover letter:
How to End a Cover Letter
Tell the hiring manager your desire to work there (Again):
We’ve all heard the phrase, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get”. Use a call to action which in this case would be an interview or phone call:
Mention your qualifications again:
If it’s something you’re passionate about, state it:
Thank them for their time:
These are excellent ways to end a cover letter. Keep in mind that all the examples above should be mentioned somewhere on the cover letter. Make sure your cover letter follows the same tone from start to finish.
Always remember to show confidence and use a call to action. Don’t say you “think” you can be a good fit. Say you’re “confident” you would be a good fit for the position. If you can’t portray confidence, don’t expect the hiring manager to have any in you.
Cover Letter Signature
You don’t need to hand sign the cover letter unless your’re delivering a hard copy. So how do you close a cover letter? Do you use sincerely, thanks, best?
“Best” for emails in general was ranked the best for closing out an email by Business Insider. It’s also acceptable for a cover letter, but our top pick would be sincerely.
Here are the top three ways to close out a cover letter: sincerely, best and regards. Avoid the common “thank you” or anything else. (Warmly, Yours Truly, Thanks).
There are just two more important points I want to mention.
First, always proofread the cover letter to ensure there are no grammatical or spelling errors. Making careless mistakes on your cover letter will kill your chances of securing an interview. Have a friend or family member proofread it.
Second, make sure your cover letter is not a copy of your resume. You should mention some points but keep a more conversational and personal tone.
Remember, the secret to writing a cover letter is quickly convincing the hiring manager that your skills, experience, education and personality are an excellent fit for the position and the company. Good luck with your job search!