How To End a Cover Letter (With Examples)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated May 18, 2022 | Published February 19, 2018

Updated May 18, 2022

Published February 19, 2018

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In this video, Holl explains what employers want from a cover letter, the optimal cover letter format, and 3 key strategies for success.

A great cover letter closing allows you to sign off with grace and professionalism. It’s one final opportunity to express genuine interest in the job and highlight how you can positively impact the company. A compelling closing statement not only ends the cover letter on a positive note but cements the fact that you’re the ideal candidate. In this article, we discuss the six most important elements of a strong cover letter closing and include five examples to help you write your own.

In this video, Holl at Indeed explains what employers want from a cover letter, the optimal cover letter format and three key strategies for success.

Cover Letter Format

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Cover Letter Format

  1. Date and contact information

  2. Salutation or greeting

  3. Opening paragraph

  4. Middle paragraph(s)

  5. Closing paragraph

  6. Letter ending and signature

How to end a cover letter

If you find yourself struggling to find the perfect ending for your cover letter, follow these tips to write a memorable cover letter closing.

  1. Express confidence.

  2. Be passionate.

  3. Connect your talents to the role.

  4. State your goals and expectations.

  5. Demonstrate your connection to the company’s goals.

  6. Remember to say “thank you.”

  7. Choose the right complimentary close.

Express confidence

Your firm belief that you are qualified and ready for the job can go a long way toward convincing the hiring manager to move your application forward. Illustrate how your accomplishments have enabled you to embrace new responsibilities and tackle unfamiliar challenges. Employers look for enthusiastic candidates who can quickly adapt and immediately start contributing to the company.

Be passionate

Companies value passionate employees. They can motivate and inspire colleagues, set ambitious yet attainable goals and solve problems creatively. Expressing your passion for the role or company mission signals to potential employers that you will be a dedicated, valuable team member.

Connect your talents to the role

Throughout your cover letter, you should be drawing connections between your past experiences and the requirements of the job. Your final sentences are the place to tie it all together. This shows the hiring manager that you plan to transfer your skills into actionable steps to achieve goals and exceed expectations.

State your goals and set expectations

Employers are enthusiastic about high-energy job candidates who have a genuine intent and desire to contribute. Give the hiring manager an idea of what they could expect from you. Talk about how your qualifications can benefit the company—not how the company can benefit you.

Demonstrate your connection to the company’s goals

Hiring managers are often leading groups that work towards a specific goal. In your cover letter, give the hiring manager a preview of how you plan to achieve those goals, leaving them curious and eager to learn more.

How can you identify what the company’s goals are? Read the job description and search the company website for clues. If you can’t find anything specific, you can focus on growth—the fact that they have open positions is a strong indicator that growing the business is a priority.

Remember to say “thank you”

Someone took the time to read through your application, and they likely read many, many other applications as well. Adding a simple “thank you” to your closing shows that you appreciate their time and you respect the hiring process.

Choose the right complimentary close

After you’ve written an impactful final sentence, sign off with a professional and polite closing. Remember: a cover letter should have a degree of formality to it. Here are several strong closings to consider:

  • Sincerely

  • Regards

  • Best

  • Respectfully

  • Thank you

Cover letter closing examples

When you combine the elements above, you’ll come out with a strong, impactful close to your cover letter. Take a look at the examples below for inspiration.

  • In my career, I’ve consistently leveraged data while managing marketing campaigns, including reviewing performance metrics and making adjustments to improve email open rates by as much as 200%. I’m eager to apply what I’ve learned in this new role at Company ABC. Thank you for your consideration.

  • Thank you for considering my application. I am fascinated by XYZ Company’s sophisticated approach to transforming simple designs into striking centerpieces. I would be delighted to apply my experience in quality assurance to launch original products that grow brand loyalty.

  • Thank you for your time and consideration. I’m excited for the opportunity to leverage my experience as a top-performing account executive to generate new leads, identify untouched markets and build meaningful customer relationships. I look forward to speaking with you about this opportunity.

  • A driving career goal for me has been to develop meaningful relationships and surpass expectations with clients in any setting. I’m excited to apply this same energy and determination to grow and nurture Company ABC’s client base. Thank you for considering my application.

  • I’m inspired by Company XYZ’s success in supporting homegrown businesses, and I have several ideas for marketing strategies to increase profitability among that audience. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to the opportunity to share these ideas with you.

Cover letter closing mistakes

When crafting your cover letter closing you will want to avoid some common mistakes. Here are some examples of things to avoid when writing your closing:

Keeping it too generic

Employers look through many resumes and cover letters throughout the hiring process. If your closing isn’t specific to the position you’re applying for, the employer may think that you’re not taking the opportunity seriously.

Being overly confident

Confidence is great, but overconfidence can cause concern to an employer. While you should demonstrate your belief that you’re a good fit for the position, you should avoid saying things such as, “No one can compare to what I bring to the table.”

Using humor to stand out

While it’s great to have a unique edge to your cover letter, using humor can come across as unprofessional or offensive.

Using a casual closing

To avoid sounding like you’re writing a letter to a friend or family member, stay away from using casual closings like:

  • Cheers

  • Warm regards

  • Yours truly

  • Fondly

  • Have a wonderful day

Not proofreading

Typos in your cover letter can come across to employers as unprofessional and lacking attention to detail. Proofread your cover letter multiple times before sending it out. Try reading it out loud or sending it to a friend for peer review.

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