Every part of the cover letter plays a key role in helping you shine a positive light on your candidacy, and that includes the closing. The closing has three objectives: (1) to thank the reader for his or her time, (2) to reiterate your interest in the position, and (3) to call for action.
Closing your cover letter on a strong note is important because your closing is the last thing that the employer will read before going to your resume.
Tips on How to Write a Good Closing Statement
The key to writing an effective closing statement is to be short, confident and reiterate your interest in the position. To keep in line with the three objectives that a closing statement generally serves, make sure to end on a positive note and ask for an interview. This is where being confident is important. You are confident that your experience and qualifications meet (or exceed) the requirements of the position and you ask for the opportunity to convey that in person and answer any questions the employer may have.
Examples of Cover Letter Closing Statements
Following are some examples of cover letter closings, ranging from succinct to a little more elaborate:
Thank you for considering my candidacy. I look forward to hearing from you.
I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss my candidacy. Thank you for your time and consideration.
I am confident I can exceed your expectations. I hope we can meet so that I can convey my interest in this position in person.
I recognize the limitations that written words can pose and would like to convey my interest to meet with you in person.
I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you and members of your team. I will be flying to (city) next week and should be available from (day) to (day). Thank you for considering my candidacy. I look forward to hearing from you.
If you have questions about my candidacy, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss my qualifications and answer any questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.
I would welcome a personal interview at your convenience to tell you more about my qualifications, as well as what I can do for (company name). I have enclosed my resume which further details my professional achievements. I look forward to speaking with you.
Knowing that my resume cannot convey all that I have to offer, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to further discuss my qualifications. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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by John Sylo
A cover letter is a key written tool for a job candidate to sell himself effectively for an interview. The primary purpose of the letter is to tie together your resume experience and other qualities and explain to the hiring manager how your background positions you to fulfill the needs and requirements of the job. The closing paragraph of the cover letter plays a key role in its effectiveness.
Summarize the Message
One core purpose of your cover letter close is to summarize and tie together the key points in the body of the letter. Here, you lay out the needs of the hiring manager and specific examples of how your experiences and qualities align. You might start your closing paragraph with a statement like, "As you have seen, the experiences I have make an excellent match with the traits and abilities you indicate you are looking for in an applicant."
The closing is also the point at which you thank the hiring manager for the opportunity, and for taking the time to review your application materials. You could say, for example, "I really appreciate this tremendous opportunity and your time in looking over my interests and abilities for the position." A concise but genuine thank you lays the foundation for the final elements of the closing paragraph.
Next Step and Contact
One of the most commonly recommended elements of the final paragraph is an indication that you look forward to an interview and conveyance of how the interviewer can get in touch with you. A very common approach is, "I look forward to a chance to speak more with you about the positions. I can be reached anytime at 777-777-7777." This type of statement points out the primary purpose of the letter, which is to get an interview. It also reminds the hiring manager to make note of your contact information.
Call to Action
One of the most integral, important, and often overlooked items in the closing is a call to action. This is typically at the end of the closing paragraph and just before you sign off on the letter. You want to let the interviewer know specifically what you plan to do after he receives your materials. You could say, "I will call you at the start of next week to see that you received my materials." This statement accomplishes a couple of things. First, it lets the hiring manager know he needs to prepare ahead of your call by reviewing your materials. It also may prompt him to call you sooner rather than later.
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