How to End a Cover Letter [+4 Closing Paragraph Examples]

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How to End a Cover Letter [+4 Closing Paragraph Examples]

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Joanna Ryś

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So you’ve done it — you’ve spent hours pouring over your resume and cover letter, and everything is almost just right. You’ve showcased your best qualities, you’ve listed all of your most important skills and experience, and you’ve managed to come off as witty while you were at it. Almost just right.

Because all you have left to do now is write the ending, and it has got to be a killer. Any good movie can be ruined by an ending that doesn’t quite work — M. Night Shyamalan, anyone?

You see what I mean.

So now, onto your cover letter. It’s time we finish that baby off in style. Ready? 😄

If you haven’t got a cover letter at all yet, don’t worry about it! I’ve written a detailed guide on how to write a great cover letter you should check it out.
And if it’s the addressing part you’re having more problems with, check out my guide on how to address a cover letter.

No resume yet either?
You must be feeling a little out of place right now!

How to End a Cover Letter [+4 Closing Paragraph Examples]

But once again: don’t worry. We can tackle the whole recruitment from beginning to end together, and we can begin with my guide on how to write a good resume. Once you’re done with all that, come right back!

Okay, so are we on the same page now?
Let’s get started!

Types of endings to keep the interviewer hooked

The promise of more info

The recruiter needs a good reason to dedicate an entire hour of their time to meeting you in person, and you need to give it to them. A great way to do this is by showing them that you have so much more to share than could fit in this letter — preferably more ideas on how to help grow the company.

Remember, recruiters’ success is measured by how good the candidates they decide to hire are. So help them do their job right and they will love you for it!

Something like:

Good example

“I would be happy to share my ideas on how to establish XYZ as a market leader in the beauty industry” 

is sure to get their attention. 😄

The promise to save the company money or boost performance

This point is something of a continuation of the one above. Every recruiter wants to recruit the best candidate, so show them why that is you by including a sentence or two about some success you have previously had, and how it would be relevant to what this company needs.

Saving money and boosting performance are, perhaps unsurprisingly, favorites 😄

Good example

“As general manager at ABC, I helped reduce employee turnover by 20%, and I would love the opportunity to do the same for XYZ.” I know I’d want to hear more of what this person has to say!

The promise to be a motivated, enthusiastic employee

What company doesn’t want their employees to be motivated and enthusiastic about their work? Show the recruiter that’s what you will be like by saying something like,

Good example

“I am excited to learn more about this position and show you why I would be a great fit for your company.”

Signing off — how to do it right

It would be a crying shame to let all of the work you put into crafting a great resume and cover letter go to waste by botching what should, in theory, be the easiest part — the sign-off.

Signing off — how to do it right

As it turns out, however, the sign-off is very easy to get completely wrong, and thus turn it into more of a turn-off…see what I did there? 😄

Phrases you should use to sign off include:

  • Sincerely,
  • Best, 
  • Best regards,
  • Thanks,
  • Regards, 
  • Kind regards,
  • Thank you for your consideration,

Phrases you should definitely avoid are anything that comes off as either too archaic or way, way too chill. The key word is respectful distance.

Archaic sign-offs that will have any recruiter rolling their eyes include:

  • Yours faithfully,
  • Yours in good faith,
  • Godspeed,
  • Fondly,
  • Yours expecting,
  • Respectfully yours, 
  • I thank you for your attention,

What is this, a 19th century love letter to your betrothed far off in the New World? Jane Austen called and she wants her English back.

Remember: being unnecessarily flowery doesn’t make you look more educated or more qualified, it makes you look pretentious. Sorry not sorry.

On the other hand, these sign-offs are decidedly too casual for a cover letter:

  • See you soon,
  • Take care,
  • Have a nice day,
  • Cheers, 
  • Talk to you soon,

Getting too folksy too fast with someone you barely know (or in this case don’t know at all!) is rarely a good move, no matter the situation.

But in business relationships, it is an especially bad faux pas that automatically ruins your chances of being taken seriously.

Your secret weapon, the P.S.

Your secret weapon, the P.S.

Post scriptum…it even sounds sophisticated, am I right? It turns out that these 2 little words can really give your cover letter some extra oomph. And you can never have enough oomph!

The promises of more information and boosting performance I mentioned earlier are a great thing to put in the P.S. as a little appetizer that makes the recruiter hungry for more — and by more, I mean to invite you in for an interview.

That’s why this P.S. should be a HOOK.

A good example of such a hook is something like:

Good example

“I would love the chance to show you how I increased sales by 20% at ABC, and the ideas I have to do the same for you.” 

Let’s be honest, companies are about profit, so every company wants to know more when you say something like that!

BUT.
Do NOT use the P.S. to say things that should have already been said at an earlier time.

Bad example

“P.S. I worked at XYZ '' 

is likely information that should be in the body of your cover letter — putting it in the P.S. comes off as disorganized and somewhat lazy.

The same goes for something like:

Bad example

“P.S. Feel free to contact me anytime” 

Again, this is something that belongs before your signature, not after it.

Being bland can really sabotage you

It may be tempting to rush through the last couple of sentences — after all, if the body of the cover letter was good, who cares about the ending, right? Wrong.

Being bland can really sabotage you

Every inch of the space on your resume and cover letter matters, as those are the only opportunities you have to introduce yourself, your skills, and in general make your case.

Don’t waste them!

So if your tired brain is pushing you to write something like, “If you have any further questions, feel free to get in touch”, that means you need to take a break and come back to it later…

Better you extend the writing process by a few hours then sabotage your candidacy with a milquetoast, one-size-fits all sign-off sure to make anyone yawn as wide as you are right now after having done all of that work!

Do’s and don’ts

Do:

  • End on a high note
    I think you can see the difference between “I look forward to hearing from you” and “I would love the opportunity to meet in person so I can tell you all about…” all by yourself. You’ve written a great cover letter, now don’t let your enthusiasm run out at the end! Studies show that last impressions can be just as important as first impressions, if not more, as they tend to have a more lasting influence.
  • Keep things short and sweet
    No need to go on and on, one or two sentences will be perfectly sufficient. Anything of substance that needed to be said has been said already. Don’t stretch this out like really, it’s pointless. They got it. The more you go on, the less you say. Like this. Just like this. See what I mean?

Don’t: 

  • Get too pushy
    It’s true that confidence sells, but too much is off-putting. Ending what could have otherwise been a great cover letter by setting the recruiter a deadline (“I hope to hear back from you by Friday”) or otherwise putting them under pressure is a terrible idea. Nobody likes presumptuous.
  • Concentrate only on what you want
    This one is a lot like the one above. Starting your entire recruitment process with a list of your own demands might well get you crossed off the list of candidates immediately. This is why lines like, “I’d like the opportunity to develop my skills at XYZ” are no good.
    Nobody likes to get told what to do, especially not by someone they haven’t even met yet!
    And remember — this is not about you. Not yet, anyway. There will be a time for you to elaborate on what you want from the job, but that could be as far into the future as your second or even third interview! For now, what you need to do is concentrate on getting the first one, so save the me-talk for much, much later. And even then, be sure to frame things carefully.
  • Try to be funny
    Humor is a double-edged sword — what is funny to one person can be dull or even offensive to another. And it is especially hard to pick up on in writing! So as witty as you may be, when writing your cover letter, avoid puns, sarcasm and anything that could be taken the wrong way. There may be a time and a place in the future to get jokey with the person who hired you, but it certainly isn’t now.
  • Go overboard with the exclamation points
    Enthusiasm is good. 
    Writing your cover letter like you just did a line of coke is not. Your words themselves should demonstrate your enthusiasm for the position so you don’t have to use a whole bunch of exclamation points to get your message across. Not to mention that reading a text bursting with exclamation points is just plain exhausting after a while.

And that’s it! That’s all there is to ending your cover letter like the boss you are no doubt destined to be 😄

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Joanna Ryś

Joanna Ryś

Sourcing Specialist

Joanna Ryś

Sourcing Specialist

Joanna has 8 years of experience in the recruitment industry, and currently works as the Chief Strategist for Sourcing in the EMEA area at HAYS. Microsoft, Rolls Royce Aerospace, Abbott, AB Inbev are several companies from the...portfolio of clients with whom it has cooperated, and its tasks include defining strategies for obtaining candidates in Europe, independent management of recruitment tools, monitoring the rate of return on investment, implementing initiatives from the area of Employer Branding into processes recruitment and data analysis. Sharing knowledge and discussions about working with candidates is her passion, which is why she eagerly creates new training programs, conducts postgraduate classes, organizes workshops with students of Krakow universities, employees of her company and free students from various social organizations. Passionate about computer games and socioeconomic issues.