The end of your cover letter matters as much as the beginning. Closing correctly gives the reader a final view of your professionalism and interest in the company. The best cover letter ending leaves the hiring manager wanting to know more about you. While there's nothing wrong with ending a cover letter with just your name, by adding a few more details at the end, there's a higher chance you'll stand out to the employer. This will increase your chances of getting an interview. Read on to learn how to make the end of your cover letter that much more compelling.
How to end a cover letter
There are seven areas to consider when crafting a well-rounded end to your cover letter.
1. Be more personal
In the last section of your cover letter, it's good to be a bit more personal. Think about why you want this job and what makes you the right candidate for it. Being authentic in your closing paragraph will help your cover letter stand out from the rest. There's no need to get overly emotional in this section – a simple 'It would be a tremendous opportunity to join your office as...' followed by why it would be such a good opportunity will suffice. It will tell them that you've researched their company enough to know about their culture and environment.
2. Show confidence
It would help if you showed confidence at the end of your cover letter. You've just written a great first half of your cover letter, highlighting your interpersonal and leadership skills along with your achievements, only to close it off briefly with 'Yours sincerely, Jane Rogers'. A common misconception is that you don't need to put as much thought into the ending. Your entire cover letter needs to be strong to show you're the ideal candidate for the position. Demonstrating your firm belief that you're the best person for the role will inspire confidence in the employer.
3. Display passion
Passion is a driving force in any company. By displaying passion in your cover letter, you show your potential employer that you're eager to take on the challenges the role may have. It also signals to the company that you're dedicated to the position. Ending your cover letter with passion will show you're the best fit for the job.
4. Connect your skills and qualifications to the role
You should connect your skills and qualifications to the job description throughout your cover letter, then drawing a final comparison in the ending. The employer will be able to see how you will utilise your skills in the new position.
5. State your expectations and goals
Writing your expectations and goals at the end of the cover letter will give the employer an idea of what you can bring to the job. Always be sure to detail how you will benefit the company. Try to avoid discussing what they will do for you. Show your dedication to working for the company with a genuine desire to contribute. Applying your goals to the company will interest the hiring manager and help you gain an interview for the role.
6. Reiterate your connection to the company's goals
By reading the job specification, you'll see what the company's goals are. In your cover letter ending, give the hiring manager examples of how you would support those goals. Doing an excellent job in this section will leave them wanting to know more about you, which will increase your chances of securing an interview. If you can't find the company's goals on the job specification, go to their website. This will give you some indication of what they're looking for. If it's still vague, focus on how you will aid the growth of the company.
7. Choose the correct closing
Once you write your final, impactful, sentence, it's time to finish the letter with an appropriate closing. When choosing one, keep it in tone with the rest of your letter. Here are some examples to consider:
- Yours sincerely
- Thank you
- Kind Regards
- Thank you for your consideration
- Best regards
There are also some closes to avoid when closing a cover letter. Here are a few examples that you should avoid:
- Take it easy
- Warmest regards
- Take care
Things to avoid in a cover letter ending
There are some things you should try to avoid when ending your cover letter. If you have a powerful beginning but a weak ending, it can impact your chances of getting an interview. Here are some things to avoid when ending a cover letter:
Making the ending of your cover letter too generic can give the impression that you didn't put time or effort into researching the position and company. The end of your cover letter is best used for tying in your connection to the company goals and emphasising why you're ideal for the role. If you aren't specific enough in this area, the employer will think you aren't taking the opportunity seriously enough.
Being overly confident
Confidence is vital to securing a job, but if you show overconfidence or arrogance it will concern the employer. Keeping your cover letter factual and emphasising your skills and attributes will show the employer that you're confident in your abilities. Avoid outright claims that you're the best candidate for the role, as this may be perceived as arrogant. Employers will usually avoid someone that displays arrogance or overconfidence as they can be challenging to work with.
Trying to be funny
When you're in an interview, using humour can sometimes be a good thing as it sets everyone at ease and demonstrates that you're personable. However, when you're writing a formal cover letter, it's best to avoid humour because it can be considered unprofessional. Remember, this is a formal document, and the writing must reflect that. Placing humour in it may come across as offensive to the hiring manager.
Your cover letter must be free from errors. If you have mistakes in your cover letter, it indicates to the hiring manager that you ignore the small details and are unprofessional. Make sure you use grammar checking software when writing your cover letter to minimise errors. After you've used a grammar checker, the best way to see if your cover letter is error-free is to read the document aloud or ask someone to proofread it before you send it to the employer.
Examples of how to end a cover letter
When you combine all of the elements above and avoid common mistakes, your cover letter ending will become more impactful. A strong ending will tie your whole cover letter together for the hiring manager and leave them more interested in contacting you for an interview. Here are a few examples for inspiration:
- "I'm excited about employment opportunities within your organisation and hope to explore the contributions I can make. If hired for this role, I will always showcase my attention to detail, dedication and passion that helped me increase our customers by 40% at Cube Limited."
- "Cross International's success with its new marketing campaigns inspires me. I have several ideas to make the next campaign gain more exposure by using the same skills I gained when working for Drillings."
- "In my career, I've used my five years of design experience to transform a simple design into a striking image in various magazines. I'm eager to apply my experience in computer design to aid the growth of your brand globally."
- "In my career, I have consistently brought out new software developments that have aided Goings Limited with constant growth in the market, gaining them a 56% increase in the last quarter. I was impressed when I saw that your organisation is leading the way in new software developments. With over ten years of experience as a software engineer, I'm confident that I can create similar success with developing new technologies in your company."
- "Thank you for considering my application. HOI's work across Ireland for the homeless and those in need is inspiring, and I would love to learn more about your housing initiative. I hope to bring my 12 years of experience in public policy to your organisation to help its growth."