Writing a cover letter isn’t an easy task for many job seekers. There’s a lot of pressure because, sometimes, the cover letter is the only piece the recruiter will read. Therefore, your cover letter must be a piece of writing that describes your achievements and how you will help the company succeed.
Additionally, you want your cover letter to illustrate how you are the best fit for the company and for the reader to believe you have the qualifications they seek. If you want to land an interview with your cover letter, you don’t want to sound vague or wishy-washy. Your cover letter should illustrate why you are the best fit and how you will help the company or organization reach success.
However, when writing the closing paragraph of your cover letter, it’s easy to have a passive voice because you don’t want to appear overconfident. For example, if you say, “I look forward to hearing from you,” that’s great — but that alone doesn’t seal the deal. The closing paragraph of your cover letter must be one of the strongest elements because it is the last impression you leave in the reader’s mind.
Here are five phrases to include in the final paragraph of your cover letter that will help you seal the deal for your next interview:
1. “I am very excited to learn more about this opportunity and share how I will be a great fit for XYZ Corporation.” Strong cover letter closings are enthusiastic and confident. You want the reader to have the impression you are truly passionate about the position and working for their company. This statement will also illustrate your ability to fit into the company culture and how your personality and work ethic is exactly what they’re looking for.
2. “I believe this is a position where my passion for this industry will grow because of the XYZ opportunities you provide for your employees.” It’s always a good idea to explain what you find attractive about working for the company and how you want to bring your passions to the table. By doing this, you can illustrate how much thought you dedicated to applying for the position and how much you care about becoming a part of the company.
3. “If I am offered this position, I will be ready to hit the ground running and help XYZ Company exceed its own expectations for success.” By adding this piece to your conclusion, you will be able to add some flare and excitement to your cover letter. The reader will become intrigued by your enthusiasm to “hit the ground running.” Employers look for candidates who are prepared for the position and are easy to train. Therefore, this phrase will definitely raise some curiosity and the reader will want to discover what you have to offer for their company.
4. “I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how my qualifications will be beneficial to your organization’s success.” Remember, you want to make it clear in your cover letter how the employer will benefit from your experience and qualifications. You want to also express how your goal is to help the organization succeed, not how the position will contribute to your personal success.
5. “I will call you next Tuesday to follow up on my application and arrange for an interview.” The most essential part of your closing is your “call to action” statement. Remember, the purpose of your cover letter is to land an interview. Don’t end your cover letter saying you’ll hope to get in touch. Explain to the reader the exact day and how you will be contacting them. When you state you will be following up with the employer, make sure you do it!
Remember, the closing of your cover letter is the most important element that will help you land your next interview. By crafting a strong, confident, and enthusiastic closing paragraph, you will leave the reader feeling like you could be the best candidate for the position.
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Is there a cover letter secret that can guarantee you will get interviews whenever you use it? I know of one magical key you can incorporate into your cover letter that can increase your chances of getting interviews by 50%. Would you like me to share it? Of course you would! So here you go:
ASKING FOR THE INTERVIEW
Seems like asking for the interview would be common sense, but how many job seekers actually ask for the interview in their cover letters? It isn’t rude, forward, or overly direct! It’s simply asking for what you want—which in this case happens to be an interview.
There are several ways that you can do this, and below I’ll include some examples that you can revise to include in your own cover letter. The important key to remember is to ask for the interview—and the best place to do so is in your closing paragraph at the bottom of the cover letter.
Close your cover letter by sharing your interest and excitement about the position, and then ask to meet the interviewer in person. Go a step further by providing a number where they can reach you directly, and even your e-mail address.
By simply ASKING for the interview, you’ve already doubled the chances that you’ll get a call for one. If you follow up with the interviewer within a week to two weeks after submitting your documents you’ll increase your likelihood of an interview by another substantial percentage.
Here are a few examples of the various ways you can ask for the interview:
I’m excited about the Marketing Director position with ABC Inc. and would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you further in person regarding my qualifications and the value I can add to your team. Please call me at 555.555.5555 to schedule a personal interview at your convenience.
The Marketing Director position is a perfect fit for my background. I would love the opportunity to meet in person to discuss further how my experience and expertise can add value to ABC’s team. Please call me at 555.555.5555 to schedule an interview at your earliest convenience.
I’m very interested in the Marketing Director role with ABC, Inc. I believe my 10+ years of Marketing experience with XYZ makes me the perfect candidate for this position. I would appreciate the opportunity to meet in person to discuss how I can make a positive impact on your bottom line. Please call me at 555.555.5555 or e-mail me at to schedule an interview. I will follow up in one week to confirm your receipt of my resume and to discuss a time and date for the interview.
My ability to rapidly deliver bottom-line results of 25%+ only adds to the value I can offer ABC, Inc. I would like to discuss these results and the many others I can offer you in a personal interview. I will follow up with a call on Tuesday to discuss a time and date we can meet to further discuss the value I can bring to ABC, Inc.
Double your chances for the interview by ASKING for it and then be sure to follow up with the person if you’ve stated you will do so in your cover letter. It couldn’t hurt to follow up anyway one or two weeks after submitting it to ensure receipt. Want to know more about cover letters? Check out these other popular articles:
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