How to end a cover letter? Cover letter writing can be tricky from start to finish, and your heading is just as important as your closing. In fact, the closing has just as much value when it comes to determining whether the hiring manager gives you a ring for an interview. Your closing has to be top-notch so the employer really wants- or should we say need– you in their company.
So, how to end a cover letter? The best thing to do is to end on a high note. Add value to yourself and remind the employer once more why they should hire you and why you’re the best one for the job. Don’t repeat yourself or sound desperate, though, as this will be an instant turn off for employers.
If you’ve put together a great cover letter but you’re struggling with the ending, don’t worry- you have come to the right place. We’re going to dig deep into the world of cover letters, figuring out the best solutions for ending on a strong point. We will also be sharing a few simple examples of how you can properly end a cover letter.
How to End a Cover Letter: 4 Tips and Tricks
Think of the ending of your cover letter as the grand finale. You want it to stand out and excite the employer, but there are a number of different ways to go about this- which makes it all the more challenging, nerve-wracking, and overwhelming.
So, what’s the deal? How can you put together a rockstar ending to your cover letter?
Follow these tips and tricks:
1. Never Sound Desperate
There is nothing worse than looking desperate at the ending of your cover letter. That’s an easy way to make sure you don’t get a call for an interview.
But let’s face it- you really need this job, whether it’s to make your rent next month or to purchase that wave surfer you’ve always dreamt about. However, you shouldn’t let the employer know about your needs, wants, and desperation.
Think of it this way- a lot of people might think that ending their cover letter with something like,
“Thank you so much for your time. I really hope to hear from you soon. I would love to talk to you in person and talk more about the job.”
Sure, it’s nice. But, it’s a little bit overbearing and overwhelming.
While you should always thank the employer for their time, you shouldn’t go overboard with it.
Instead, write something like this:
“Thanks for taking the time to read my cover letter. I would be thrilled to discuss this job opening further and show you why I can thoroughly and efficiently be a productive member of your team.”
2. Always Highlight Your Skills
If you can, try to be as specific as you can about how you will benefit the company. You want the hiring manager to feel like they really want you on their team. But they can’t know this until you sell yourself.
So, that being said, look at the type of career you are entering and how your past, whether it was job-related, an accomplishment from school, or an award or certificate you have received, will benefit this company.
Here are a few great examples of how to end your cover letter that focuses on specific skills:
- “I would love to discuss this position with you and share why my previous employer refers to me as indispensable.” This is a great way to end because you’re not being overly specific, but you’re sharing that your past employer truly benefited and enjoyed you as an employee. Don’t use common words- try to find something more unique.
- “I would be honored to speak with you further on the position and describe how I saved the company $20,000 in costs/earned the company $20,000 in sales”. With this cover letter ending, you are showing that you have either helped the company save in their overall costs or how you earned them a multitude of money.
- “I would love a chance to talk with you about this position and describe how I can help your company grow by 25%/raise customer satisfaction by 40% in a single year- just like I did at Unlimited Corp”. Again, you are showing the company how you’re going to help them using past experiences.
3. Don’t Be Too Pushy
Some people want to take control of the situation through their cover letter. And while it is a great idea to be confident and try to persuade the employers to give you a call, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. For instance:
- Don’t end your cover letter demanding that they give you a call for an interview. This is just tacky. We know that you want to be in control of what happens next, but this isn’t the way to go. Therefore, saying something like “Give me a call in the next 2 days or else I will probably have another offer on the table” is not a good idea. It’s cocky and just downright rude.
- However, you should do a bit more than simply saying “I hope to hear from you soon”. One great way to persuade an employer to call you is to end on a high note, give them specific reasons why they should call you, and give them times and days that are good for calling.
4. Use a Complimentary Salutation, Too
So you have written a killer closing to your cover letter-awesome! But don’t forget that you still need a salutation to bring your entire cover letter to a close.
Much like your greeting, you don’t want to be too personal or impersonal when doing so. We recommend using one of these salutations when closing off your cover letter:
- Thank you,
- Best/Kind regards,
- Thank you for your time,
- Respectfully yours,
- Most sincerely,
Then, once you have written your salutation, leave three spaces before writing your name.
This will leave enough space for you to include your signature, which is not only classy but professional and traditional to a cover letter, too- and employers love that.
How do you not end a cover letter?
The worst way to end a cover letter is to sound too desperate or not be persuasive enough. If you simply ‘hope’ they call, then they probably won’t. But if you’re begging for a call, they won’t call either. You need to be confident and tell them exactly why you’re the best man or woman for the job, and a good time and day where they can get a hold of you to learn more. Be confident in yourself but not cocky.
Do you capitalize every word in a cover letter salutation?
No. If you are using more than one word in your salutations, such as ‘Best regards’, then you should only capitalize the first word. The second word, or any word after the first word, should not be capitalized. For instance, if you are going to say ‘Thank you for your consideration’, then you will only place a capital letter on the first word. This is deemed as the most professional way to end a cover letter.