by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
What’s the best way to end a cover letter? The closing paragraph of your cover letter should accomplish at least two goals:
- Thanking the hiring decision-maker for considering you.
- Suggesting an interview and proactively indicating that you plan to follow up your letter (and when you say you plan to follow up the letter, you need to do so) to schedule the interview.
In today’s job-search climate, it’s not always possible to follow up a cover-letter (and resume) submission with a specific individual because employers often go to great lengths to prevent job-seekers from learning the identity of the hiring decision-maker (because they fear being inundated with phone calls).
But you should try to learn the name of the hiring decision-maker, both so you can address your cover letter to that person and so you can contact that individual to follow up.
See our article, Sleuthing Out Hiring Managers Key to Job-Search Follow-up for more about identifying the right person to contact.
Even though a cover-letter closing paragraph ideally should state that you will contact the employer within a specific time period, it’s also a good idea to offer the option of contacting you. Your cover letter should be on the same “letterhead” as your resume and hence list your contact information at the top; however, it never hurts to repeat your phone number in the closing paragraph, as many of the cover letter samples here do.
A cover-letter closing paragraph can also address a third goal — summarizing the idea that you are the best fit for the job you’re targeting. If you don’t include this summary in your final paragraph, plan to do so in the preceding paragraph.
Here we present our large collection of job-seeker cover letter closers for all cover-letter writing situations. What you’ll find on the following pages are more than 125 dynamic cover-letter closing paragraphs, including closers you can use with just about any cover letter, closers for job-seekers who are relocating, closers for internships, closers for letters to recruiters, and 25 customizable closing paragraphs — with accompanying sample paragraphs showing each closer in action.
Customizable Cover Letter Closing Paragraphs and Samples:
- Sample Closing Paragraphs for Cover Letters: Proactive Closers that Will Work With Virtually Any Cover Letter
- Sample Closing Paragraphs for Cover Letters: Closing Paragraphs for a Relocating Job-Seeker
- Sample Closing Paragraphs for Cover Letters: Closing Paragraphs for Cover Letters Targeting Internships
- Sample Closing Paragraphs for Cover Letters: Closing Paragraphs for Cover Letters to Recruiters
- Customizable Closing Paragraphs for Cover Letters: 25 Closing Paragraph Templates, With Closing Paragraph Samples
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.
Need help starting your cover letter? Check out Customizable Opening Paragraphs for Job-Seeker Cover Letters.
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).