Goodbyes can be awkward, especially when you’re trying to impress someone. Do you kiss them? Do you leave it at a firm handshake and intense eye contact? In this scenario — you won’t have the opportunity to do either.
When it comes to writing cover letters, your ultimate goal is to make the person who’s reading want to want to hire you. Sometimes, cover letters are the only piece out of everything you submit that an employer will read.
In that case, your cover letter has to be a stand-alone piece that describes your accomplishments and paints you in a bright, shining light and shows the employer how you’re going to help their company succeed. It has to be so good that they keep reading until the end and, ideally, respond.
Every part of your cover letter matters. The closing statement needs to be one of the strongest parts of you cover letter because it’s the last chance you get to make a good impression on the reader. Are you stressed yet? Don’t be! We have tips to help you write the best ending to your cover letter possible.
As with any job-related correspondence, it’s a good idea to go with more formal language instead of saying something along the lines of “XOXO,” “cheers,” or “thanks, bro.”
Closing statements in cover letters are important, but try not to overthink it. You want to sound confident and qualified, not insecure and nervous.
Here’s a list of fail-proof ways to end your cover letter:
1. “I am excited for the chance to learn more about this opportunity and share with you how I would be a great fit for your company.”
A strong closing like this will show that you’re confident and excited for the opportunity. Ending your cover letter with a statement like this one will show that you can fit into their company’s culture and that your work ethic is what they’re looking for in an employee.
2. “I am excited to offer my strengths, skills, and expertise in this industry to benefit your company,”
Employers want to know what you can bring to the table and how you can help their company succeed. With a statement like this, you can show them that you’re committed to becoming part of their company and leading them toward success.
3. “If I am offered a position with your company, I will be immediately ready to start working with your company to exceed your expectations for success.”
Adding a statement like this to closing of your cover letter will show your enthusiasm for working with the company. Employers look for people who are excited about their work, and mentioning that you can help them succeed is never a bad move.
4. “I am excited for the opportunity to meet with you and further discuss how my qualifications will be beneficial to your company’s success.”
Employers want to know how your experience and qualifications will help their company succeed. It’s important to let them know that your ultimate goal is to help their company grow and flourish, not that they’ll be a minor checkpoint on the road to your own personal success.
Keep in mind that the purpose of your cover letter is to land an interview with the employer. Explain to your reader how you will be beneficial to their company and what you hope to gain from meeting with them.
Just as it’s important to include a confident closing statement, it’s equally important to sign off your cover letter in a professional manner. For your convenience, here’s a list of common sign-offs that are great to use for cover letters and other professional correspondences:
Follow the closing of your choice with a comma, and on a new line, write your name.
If you’re sending an email, you can add your contact information below your name. For example:
[Best regards/other sign off],
Your LinkedIn Profile URL
Your Email Address
Your Phone Number
Make sure to include a professional email address. While your beloved middle school email address “catsRcuteNfun420@aol.com” is fun and quirky, it’s probably not going to help you land any jobs. Sorry.
For the record — cats are cute and fun.
When it comes to cover letters, there are definitely mistakes that you need to steer clear of. In this case — if you’re too casual in your sign off, your cover letter is probably going to spend the rest of its lifespan in the garbage.
Consider Oscar a metaphor for your cover letter if you make these mistakes.
Because we care about you and want you to get a job, here’s a list of sign-offs to avoid at all costs so you can prevent yourself from looking like a dumbass:
This is a professional document — you want your cover letter to give off the vibe of a firm handshake, not a casual fist bump.
Avoid ghosting/the Irish goodbye/the French exit/etc. The point is — don’t just end your cover letter without a concluding statement or signing off. Even though writing a cover letter is stressful and you might just want to end it as quickly as possible, it’s still important to come full circle and close it out.
Cover letters are always the first impression you’ll leave on a potential employer – and you want to make sure it’s a good one. The closing of your cover letter is an important factor in helping you land your next interview. By writing an enthusiastic and confident closing paragraph, you’ll help your reader see that you’re the best person for the job.
Writing cover letters can be stressful — if you want to reap the benefits of writing one, make sure you’re that you’re giving it your best effort from start to finish.