We wrote in the past about how to write a great, attention-grabbing cover letter. Today, we’ll focus on a specific piece of your cover letter that’s extremely important but easy to get wrong: the closing paragraph.
The last few sentences of your cover letter are crucial when it comes to landing an interview. This is your best opportunity to leave the reader with a great impression and make them want to know more about you.
Here are some specific examples of how to end a cover letter on a strong note.
1. Focus on how you can contribute to the company.
“My experience with [previous job/project] could help [company] move toward [goal]. I would love to share my ideas about [project/goal] with you.”
Many people make the mistake of only discussing what they hope to get from the company or how the position will help them grow professionally. But the reader is mostly interested in how you can help the company.
HR experts agree, doing this well means you’ll need to have a basic understanding of the company’s goals, so it’s important to carefully read through the job listing and the company’s website before you write your cover letter.
2. Signal willingness to learn.
“I hope to bring my experience from [a past success of yours] to an organization like [company] where I can help the company grow. I’m especially excited to learn more about [goal/project] and how I can contribute.”
While managers love new hires who are ready to hit the ground running, they generally look for people who are also adaptable and ready to learn. This paragraph shows that you will be:
- Open minded and receptive to the organization’s needs and processes
- Collaborative and flexible
- Easy to work with and able to integrate seamlessly with the existing team
At the same time, you’re also demonstrating that you’re more than ready to bring your own expertise to the table to help the company grow in new and exciting directions.
3. Suggest specific next steps.
“Thank you for considering my application. I’d love to talk with you over the phone or in person about my ideas for how [company] can achieve [goal]. You can reach me at [phone number] or [email].”
It’s important to include a call to action at the end of your cover letter, but avoid phrases like “I will call you next week to schedule an interview.” This could be inconvenient for a hiring manager, especially if they have a specific resume vetting process or a huge number of applicants to get through. You don’t want to call them only to find out they haven’t had a chance to read your cover letter yet.
On the other hand, you don’t want to sell yourself short with something too passive like “I look forward to hearing from you.” Instead, suggest a specific next step, but put the ball in their court. Another way to suggest a next step is to say something like this:
4. Show enthusiasm.
“I was thrilled when I found out [something you like about the company] because that’s exactly the kind of goal I feel I can contribute to. I would love to speak with you about how I can help [company] succeed.”
Showing enthusiasm for the company, industry, and the specific job goes a long way. Even if you’re applying for an entry-level position or you don’t have much industry experience yet, you can still show that you’ll be easy to train, quick to learn, and eager to contribute. You’re also signaling that you’ll be a positive, encouraging presence in the office which is great for company culture, moral, and productivity.
It’s good to show enthusiasm throughout your cover letter, but ending on an enthusiastic note can really help leave the reader with a positive feeling about you.
5. Thank them for their time and appreciate their situation.
“Thank you for taking the time to review my application. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at [phone number] or [email] if there’s any additional information I can provide.”
It’s always a good idea to thank the reader for their time and consideration. It’s possible to do this at the beginning of your cover letter, but it usually works best near the end.
Offering to provide more information is another great next step you can suggest. Your willingness to make their job easier will likely make them more eager to pick up the phone and learn more about you.
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