Ending with aplomb, gratitude, and relevance is a great way to stick the landing on your cover letter, and the words and phrases you choose do make a difference. Your cover letter closing paragraph sets a tone for communication with a potential employer and may be the last thing they read from you before considering your resume.
The best cover letter conclusions are polite, confident, and customized to the application. They’re never overly pushy or casual, but you do want to walk a line between sounding flippant and uncomfortably formal.
Ask a friend or trusted co-worker for advice: If they think the sign-off sounds cute, it’s probably a bit too casual for most employers. While you don’t want to be boring, you also shouldn’t be funny in an inappropriate or offensive way.
What Should the Final Paragraph of a Cover Letter Include?
There are five things to keep in mind when writing a cover letter closing paragraph:
- First, express an appreciation for the reader’s consideration. It takes time to carefully review a cover letter and resume, so communicate your thanks.
- Next, include a gentle interest in next steps. Be polite. You should request an interview, but never demand an interview or declare that you’ll call the office in the coming week.
- After that, add a succinct summary of the value you can provide for the organization. You should conduct research about the company and study the job ad before writing your cover letter. Use the final paragraph of your cover letter to pepper in small details that reflect that you’ve done your research.
- Then write a closing that focuses on what you can do for the organization and not what they can do for you.
- Finally, end with a professional sign-off. “Sincerely,” “thank you,” or “best regards” are all safe bets.
8 Cover Letter Closing Paragraph Templates
Use these closing paragraph templates word-for-word, or as inspiration as you write your own.
- Thank you for taking the time to review my resume. I truly believe that my past experience and education would make me a valuable asset for your organization. I’m particularly excited about the opportunity to learn more about (insert something specific about the company from your research) and how I can contribute to that effort.
- In conclusion, I think that my background and skillsets have prepared me to be a successful contributing team member in this type of environment and for an organization exactly like yours. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
- Thank you for considering my application. I hope to bring my industry expertise and past experience to an organization, like yours, where I can contribute to growth and success. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at (insert phone number or email) if you need any additional information.
- Thanks for your time and consideration. I’d love a chance to learn more about this position and demonstrate how I can help (company or team) reach organizational goals. I believe my skills and motivation make me a great potential asset. I can be reached at (phone or email) if you need any other information.
- I look forward to any opportunity to discuss the position and what I can do for your company. I believe my personal vision and values align with the (company) brand and that I’d be a great fit for your organization. Thank you for your time in reviewing my resume.
- I know I can bring value to your organization and would love the chance to discuss how my experience and skills can contribute to growth or success at (company name). Thank you for taking time to review my application. I’m available at (insert email or phone number) should you need further information.
- I appreciate your time and consideration and hope that my skills and experience align with your needs. I’m attaching my resume, and you’ll note that (highlight something relevant from your resume). The work (company) is doing in the (industry) space is incredibly interesting, and I’d love to learn more about how to become part of the team.
- Thank you for considering my application. I believe my (insert skill/credential) would be valuable in the (specialization of company) space, and I look forward to any opportunity to show you how I can be of assistance in your organization. I’ve attached my resume and would be happy to provide any additional information you might need.
Learn More About How to End Your Cover Letter
- Review this list of proactive closers that mix and match well with a variety of letters.
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- Learn how to write effective endings for cover letters to recruiters.
- Need more inspiration? Check out these 25 templates for closing paragraphs.
Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker’s Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.
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Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers, is an educator, author, and blogger who provides content for Quintessential Careers, edits QuintZine, an electronic newsletter for jobseekers, and blogs about storytelling in the job search at A Storied Career. Katharine, who earned her PhD in organizational behavior from Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH, is author of Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates and A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market (both published by Ten Speed Press), as well as Top Notch Executive Resumes (Career Press); and with Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., Dynamic Cover Letters, Write Your Way to a Higher GPA (Ten Speed), and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Study Skills (Alpha).