How to End a Cover Letter

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated 22 January 2023

Published 25 August 2020

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A cover letter is your first chance to make a great impression on a prospective employer and showcase your personality in the recruiting process. A strong ending to a cover letter can ensure an employer takes action on your letter, improving your chances for an interview. In this article, we explain the importance of a strong cover letter ending and how to craft one.

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What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is a brief explanation of your qualifications for a role and why you're applying to the organisation. This letter is written to employers, recruiters or hiring managers and is meant to introduce you as a high-quality candidate. A cover letter typically includes:

  • A subject line: If the cover letter is sent via email, include a clear, succinct and noticeable subject line with your name, the job title and the purpose of the email – 'cover letter' or 'application'.

  • Your contact information: In a written cover letter, you should include your full name, email address, phone number and home address at the top.

  • A greeting: Open your letter using a professional salutation like 'Dear [Recipient's Name]' or 'To Whom It May Concern'.

  • Introduction: State the purpose of your message – to apply for a specific role – and briefly how you are qualified.

  • Body: This section covers the experience, education, training and skills that you want to emphasise from your CV.

  • Conclusion: This is where you include a call to action for the recipient to reach out to you.

  • Signature: Retype and sign your name for a written cover letter. For an email cover letter, include your phone number with your name.

Unless the employer has specified otherwise, cover letters should range between 250 to 400 words. This length should fall between half a page and one full page using 12-point font, while still leaving room for the correct spacing and margins. Even though you may want many pages to discuss accomplishments and previous jobs, limit this content to four paragraphs. Focus on the most important information for the body of the letter and encourage the recipient to review your CV more details about your qualifications.

Read more: How to Structure a Cover Letter (With Example)

How to end a cover letter effectively

The closing of your cover letter gives you one final opportunity to express interest in the role and highlight how you can positively impact the company. A compelling closing statement both ends the cover letter on a positive note and establishes you as a great future employee.

Here are some general guidelines that can help you write a professional, meaningful and unique cover letter closing:

  1. Express confidence

  2. Be passionate

  3. Connect your qualifications to the position

  4. State your goals and expectations

  5. Demonstrate your connection to the company's goals and values

  6. Focus on technical expertise

  7. End with a call to action

  8. Choose a professional valediction

1. Express confidence

Self-confidence and understanding of how your personal qualities make you a great fit for the position can help demonstrate to the employer that your application should be seriously considered. Employers look for candidates with enthusiasm, competency and a thorough understanding of their company and the position. Prove to the reader that you are ready to bring your unique qualities to the company and willing to learn new skills and approach new challenges.

Example: 'I have the managerial and leadership skills needed to be successful as your next hotel manager. I remain calm under pressure, have strong problem-solving abilities and possess the communication skills needed to work with different personalities. I understand the pressure that comes from being a hotel manager, so I thrive in this type of environment'.

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2. Be passionate

Employers look for people who share the company's values. Using examples from previous jobs, demonstrate your passion for the position and the industry in general. Your interviewer likely wants to hire someone who can inspire other employees and become a positive influence on the team. You can briefly mention an anecdote or recall one from earlier in the letter to end on your passion for this role.

Example: 'I've wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a child, ever since I rescued my first cat. I will bring my life-long love of animals to the care I provide my future patients and exercise my never-ending scientific curiosity when assisting the senior veterinarians in their veterinary medicine research efforts at the hospital'.

3. Connect your qualifications to the position

After you state the qualities that make you an excellent candidate, you should then give examples of these qualities in action. Demonstrating your abilities to handle previous problems makes your interviewer understand how your abilities can benefit their company in the future.

Example: 'In my opinion, the most important part of being a successful account manager is anticipating the needs of a client and handing situations with sensitivity, tact and discretion. I think the best way to anticipate such needs is through nonverbal communication and the ability to read a client. With nearly seven years of handling my previous company's most senior accounts, I know with time and effort I will be able to handle – and even grow – this company's accounts with the same expertise'.

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4. State your goals and expectations

Many employers appreciate that you have career goals that extend beyond this position. Let the employer know about your plans for the future, how those goals relate to your growth with their organisation and how the organisation might help you reach those goals. Also, be sure to demonstrate how you plan to help the company in the future and the ways your unique qualifications can help the company grow. If you have a specific skill or certification that sets you apart from other candidates, mention it in these last few sentences.

Example: 'I'm excited for the opportunity to leverage my experience as a top-performing account executive to generate new leads, identify untouched markets and build meaningful customer relationships. I want to grow with this company, and I look forward to possibly leading the account management department in the future'.

5. Demonstrate your connection to the company's goals and values

Hiring managers may be looking for candidates whose goals and values match with the company's. In your cover letter, consider ending on what your goals are as they relate to the company. Review the company's mission statement on their 'About Us' webpage, and explain how you embody those values and goals.

Example: 'I'm inspired by ArcherTech's success in supporting homegrown businesses, and I have several ideas for marketing strategies to increase profitability among that audience. I am excited to share some of these ideas with you in the future'.

6. Focus on technical expertise

Your CV should mention your technical skills as well, but it is important to call attention to especially relevant technical skills in your cover letter. You can reference your technical skills throughout the letter and then end on how you plan to use those skills to be an effective team member. Reference the job description, and if there are any programs or software absolutely necessary to the job, mention your expertise and share a story that demonstrates your level of comfort.

Example: 'I will not only bring my knowledge of city planning to Norton Building, I will also apply my in-depth knowledge of major CAD software like ArcGIS and Lumion to create integrated 360-degree panoramic renderings into client presentations. With my past experience doing so, I believe I can increase sales by 150% over two quarters'.

7. End with a call to action

After closing the body of your letter with confirmation of your skills and expertise, the last sentences should indicate that you want to move forward in the process, like having an interview. State that you look forward to hearing about the next steps, and be sure to thank the reader for their time.

Example: 'Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. I encourage you to review my CV to better understand my accomplishments, and I look forward to meeting and speaking with you so I can learn more about the position and your company. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience'.

8. Choose a professional valediction

After you've written an impactful call to action, sign off with a professional and polite closing. Here are possible professional closings:

  • Best,

  • Sincerely,

  • Respectfully,

  • Thank you,

To avoid sounding too informal, stay away from using casual closings like:

  • Cheers!

  • Bye!

  • Thanks,

  • Have a good day.

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