A strong cover letter closing enables you to highlight your strengths and professionalism. It’s your last, best chance to show your legitimate interest in the job and how you can contribute to the company’s success. An eloquent closing ends the cover letter and proves that you’re the perfect candidate.
In this article, we’ll review the 6 crucial components of a strong cover letter closing and include 6 templates to assist you with writing your own.
How to end a cover letter
You may need help finding the perfect end to your cover letter. That’s okay; many people struggle to find just the right words.
Follow these tips to write an impressive cover letter that entices employers into calling you for an interview.
1. Show your value as an employee
Before hiring managers contact you, they need to know why you’re the best prospect. Show them your value by explaining how you’ll positively impact the company if you’re hired.
One of the best ways to end your cover letter is to highlight how you solve their problems. In other words, show the company what you’ll do for them.
This is a chance for you to highlight and express confidence in your:
Your task here is to show the company how your abilities benefit their business. Focusing on the business and not yourself shows the hiring manager that you’re sincere about the position and have a history of success.
Here’s an example of how you can show your value as an employee when closing your cover letter:
I’d be thrilled to show in an interview how I will bring the same results I had at IBM and improve employee performance and productivity at Accenture by 10% in under a year by implementing an internal performance review to measure workforce efficiency.
2. Use data to show your value
Let’s face it; a company needs to make money to succeed. If you can show a company how you’ll positively impact its bottom line, it will be more likely to reach out and seek out to interview you.
In the final paragraph of your cover letter, you’ve got to clarify that you would be a valuable addition to the company. Make your value clear by providing evidence of your previous success.
Here is an example of how to show your value to a company using evidence as a metric:
If I am hired, I’ll bring the same results to Keller Williams that I brought to Coldwell. I’m eager to show you how I increased new home sales by 50% year-over-year and increased lead generation by 125% using social media marketing.
3. Be passionate
Show that you are genuinely enthusiastic about the position. Employers seek out passionate employees because they typically stay at a job longer, seek to improve their performance, and are more productive.
When you show your passion for the job’s duties and responsibilities, the work of the jobs, you’ll separate yourself from all the other candidates the hiring manager evaluates.
This is an example of how to show passion and enthusiasm for the insurance industry when closing a cover letter:
As a customer of USAA, I’m excited to use my customer service skills to help your customers find solutions. I am eager to share my thoughts on matching your products and services with the veterans and their families your company serves.
4. Show you’ve done your research
A hiring manager will be likelier to look favorably on a cover letter demonstrating an interest in the company. You can show interest by researching the company and referring to your research when you end a cover letter.
You can research the following about a company:
- Financial statements
- Product lines
Another way to do research is by looking at the company’s website. There you will find information about their brand and the story they are telling. You can use that information to get your cover letter noticed.
Check out this example that exhibits the research you’ve done:
After reviewing Omni’s balance sheet, I found shipping costs contributed 10% to quarterly expenses. At my previous company, Iminon, I reduced shipping costs by 50% in under two years by altering existing contracts and shipping processes. I would happily share my procedures in an interview to discuss how I can provide value to Omni’s financial department.
5. Anticipate the company’s plans
Make sure you’ve done the research and know the company’s goals, mission, and values. Knowing the company’s goals makes you more readily establish a connection with the hiring manager.
The cover letter closing is your chance to show how your goals match the company’s and how you will contribute to its growth.
Here is a sample of how a customer service liaison shows dedication and understanding of a potential employer’s mission statement:
Amazon’s guiding principle is to be customer obsessed. In your organization, I would continue to build my empathetic approach to customer service and create the Earth’s most customer-centric product shopping experience possible.
6. Put the onus on the hiring manager
Hiring managers slog through many applications and resumes. They want to find ideal candidates who are invested and energetic about the position.
A simple way to show the hiring manager that you’re the right fit for the job is by indicating that you will follow up with them. When doing this, ensure you are not overbearing; it’s a delicate dance.
Here is an example of how you can pull it off without being pushy:
I look forward to speaking with you about my expertise and skills soon. I’ll reach out next week to follow up and ensure you received my resume. Thank you for your time and consideration.
How to sign off a cover letter
You’re done writing the cover letter ending. Now you need to professionally and politely sign off. The sign-off is not that many words, but it’s essential to the cover letter closing.
You have to do the delicate dance again; you don’t want to sound too stuffy and formal, but you don’t want to seem too relaxed and familiar.
To strike just the right tone, consider using one of these sign-offs:
- Best regards
- Thank you
Further reading: Cover Letters: Rising to the Top, Winning Intro Sentences for Resume Cover Letters