What do I include in my closing?
"Writing Your Cover Letter" is a series of short documents that walks you through the creation of a cover letter. Here you can see the information in the "Quick Tips for Cover Letters" and "Preparing to Write a Cover Letter" pages put to use. This page guides you through adapting your experiences to the content in your cover letter and its different sections.
Contributors:Angie Olson, Allen Brizee
Last Edited: 2010-04-25 08:58:47
A closing sums up your qualifications and reveals what you plan to do after your readers have receive your application packet (resume, cover letter, etc.)
Here are our recommended tips for closing your cover letter:
- Close with a strong reminder of why you are a good match for the job position and the organization.
- Request an interview in some way.
- Provide contact information.
- Thank them!
- Sign your name and print it underneath.
I am eager to speak with you and discuss my possible contribution to Country Press, as I feel my experiences in communication and customer service will be an asset to the company. I will be in touch with you within a week, and if you need to reach me, you can call 423-512-1143, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Stating that you will contact the potential employer will cause them to read your application materials with more interest. Therefore, you have a better chance that your materials will not be filed away. By following up, you can achieve three goals:
- Inform the employers that you are still interested.
- Prove you can take the initiative to call.
- Discover where you are in the hiring process.
If you do not feel comfortable informing your readers when you will contact them, you may simply delete that part of the closing. For example:
I am eager to speak with you and discuss my possible contribution to Country Press, as I feel my experiences in communication and customer service will be an asset to the company. Please contact me at 423-512-1143, or email me at email@example.com. Thank you for your time and consideration.
If you say you will call, though, do not forget to do so.
Cover Letter Closing Examples
When you're writing a cover letter or sending an email message to apply for a job, it's important to close your letter in as professional a manner as possible. As with any job-related correspondence, it's best to opt for a more formal language and tone — a cover letter is no place for "XOXO," “Cheers,” or even a casual "take care" as a closer.
Cover Letter Closing Examples
The following is a list of letter closing examples that are appropriate for cover letters and other employment-related correspondence, such as thank you notes and/or emails to schedule interviews or pass along references.
- Sincerely yours
- Best regards
- With best regards
- Kind regards
- Yours truly
- Most sincerely
- Respectfully yours
- Thank you
- Thank you for your consideration
Closings Not to Use
A cover letter is a formal correspondence, so it's important not to be too casual or friendly when writing it. Here are some letter closings that are fine to use when emailing or writing to a friend, but are not appropriate to use in a cover letter.
- Best wishes
- Eagerly waiting for a response
- Warm regards
- Warmest regards
- Take care
- Take it easy
- Have a great day
- Have a nice day
- Yours faithfully
- Abbreviations (Thx or any other abbreviated word isn't appropriate)
- Any emoticon (no smiley faces)
- Sent from my phone (if your phone automatically includes it, you can remove it in the settings)
How to Close the Letter
Follow the closing with a comma. Then, on a new line, put your name.
If you're sending an email, you can add your contact information below your name. For example:
Your LinkedIn Profile URL
Your Email Address
Your Phone Number
Whichever sign-off you choose, make sure always to capitalize its first letter.
Set Up an Email Signature
To simplify, you can set up an email signature that includes your contact information.
An email signature will make it easy for correspondents to readily see how to get in touch and saves you the time of typing the information repeatedly.
In your signature, include your LinkedIn profile URL to make it easy for your recipients to view your skills, accomplishments, educational background, and work history. Depending on your field, you may also want to include a link to your Twitter account; if you do so, make sure that your account is professional and appropriate for viewing by potential employers.
It’s a wise idea, when conducting a job search, to set up an email account (and accompanying address) dedicated solely to this search. Doing so will help to ensure that you don’t miss emails from potential employers who might be interested in interviewing you. It also will allow you to provide a professional-sounding email address on your resume and cover letter; this email address should be comprised simply of your name (Ex. “John_T._Smith” at gmail.com).
Too often, job candidates use their personal email accounts to apply for jobs, often using “cute” email names such as “Crafty_catlady@yahoo.com” or OrcWarrior100@gmail.com.” This casual practice often raises hiring managers, eyebrows, raising red flags about whether a candidate is a serious, qualified applicant for the job to which they are applying.
It’s better to err on the side of safety and separate your professional and personal email accounts.
Find out how to set up a professional email signature, including formatting style and links to help you save a signature in your preferred email program.
Cover letters, whether submitted through email or traditional mail channels, are always the first impression you provide a potential employer. Make sure that this impression is a good one by following the “best practices” outlined in these links so that your cover letter shines.
How to Write a Cover Letter
Having an appropriate close is just one of the many steps required to craft a winning cover letter. Review the links below to find out how to write a cover letter, including what to include in your cover letter, how to write a cover letter, typical cover letter formats, targeted cover letters, and cover letter samples and examples.
More About Cover Letters
Top 10 Cover Letter Writing Tips
Email Cover Letters
Sample Cover Letters