Is ‘Take Care’ a Good Closing for a Cover Letter?


Jacqueline writes:
I have a question regarding the closing “Take Care” at the end of business
cover letters. Is that considered “less” professional than all the traditional closings?



The Career Doctor responds:
I consider “take care” as a bit too informal for traditional cover letters. I have
seen it in email cover letters and I find it a bit more acceptable there. When
writing conventional cover letters I would stick with the traditional closings:
sincerely and cordially.
In the grand scheme of cover-letter writing though I think how you close the
letter is of little consequence compared to the much bigger issues that I list
below.
Key cover letter strategies:

  • Addressing the letter to a named individual. Job-seekers must address the
    letter to a person — the hiring manager. And if you make the effort to get the name
    make sure you spell it correctly. Do not write to the Human Resources department.

  • The first paragraph must engage the reader and entice him/her to read more
    of your letter. Do not waste this opening paragraph with the typical boring one that
    many job-seekers use.

  • The second and third paragraphs must show how well you fit the position you
    are seeking — as well as highlight key accomplishments. Focus on what you can
    do for the company rather than what the company can do for you.

  • The last paragraph must state how you plan to follow-up the letter (usually
    with a phone call). Be sure to give a timeframe — and then be sure to do what you
    say you are going to do.

Finally be sure also to avoid:

  • Long (read boring) sentences and paragraphs;
  • Letters longer than one page;
  • Typos misspellings and grammatical errors;
  • Simply rehashing/highlighting your resume

And remember to follow-up all cover letters with a phone call — showing your
continued interest in the position and the employer.
Read more in this article published on Quintessential Careers:
Don’t
Make These 10 Cover Letter Mistakes
.
And to find just about everything you ever wanted to know about cover letters including
numerous samples go to the Cover Letter Resources section of Quintessential Careers.

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Jacqueline writes:
I have a question regarding the closing “Take Care” at the end of business
cover letters. Is that considered “less” professional than all the traditional closings?



The Career Doctor responds:
I consider “take care” as a bit too informal for traditional cover letters. I have
seen it in email cover letters and I find it a bit more acceptable there. When
writing conventional cover letters I would stick with the traditional closings:
sincerely and cordially.
In the grand scheme of cover-letter writing though I think how you close the
letter is of little consequence compared to the much bigger issues that I list
below.
Key cover letter strategies:

  • Addressing the letter to a named individual. Job-seekers must address the
    letter to a person — the hiring manager. And if you make the effort to get the name
    make sure you spell it correctly. Do not write to the Human Resources department.

  • The first paragraph must engage the reader and entice him/her to read more
    of your letter. Do not waste this opening paragraph with the typical boring one that
    many job-seekers use.

  • The second and third paragraphs must show how well you fit the position you
    are seeking — as well as highlight key accomplishments. Focus on what you can
    do for the company rather than what the company can do for you.

  • The last paragraph must state how you plan to follow-up the letter (usually
    with a phone call). Be sure to give a timeframe — and then be sure to do what you
    say you are going to do.

Finally be sure also to avoid:

  • Long (read boring) sentences and paragraphs;
  • Letters longer than one page;
  • Typos misspellings and grammatical errors;
  • Simply rehashing/highlighting your resume

And remember to follow-up all cover letters with a phone call — showing your
continued interest in the position and the employer.
Read more in this article published on Quintessential Careers:
Don’t
Make These 10 Cover Letter Mistakes
.
And to find just about everything you ever wanted to know about cover letters including
numerous samples go to the Cover Letter Resources section of Quintessential Careers.


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