How to End a Cover Letter

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A job candidate typically sends a cover letter with his resume to show interest in a position with a company or organization, as well as to introduce himself to a potential employer. A way to highlight strengths and key experience in the candidate's job history, a cover letter is also a gentle way to ask for an interview. Thus, the closing to the letter plays an important role in building a relationship with a potential employer, while pushing the relationship to the next step.

Things You'll Need

  • printer
  • scanner
  • PDF-creating software
  • Write the conclusion of your cover letter with enthusiasm and confidence. Set the tone with the active voice. Keep the ending of your cover letter to one or two sentences. You want it to be short and precise.

  • Write the first sentence by putting your future in your own hands. Conclude with a promise to follow up with the employer instead of writing that you look forward to the employer getting in touch with you.

  • Don't forget to use the word interview. Getting an interview is why you are writing, so do not forget to indicate that in the end your cover letter. Thus, keeping in mind Steps 2 and 3, your first sentence might read: "I will contact you next week to schedule an interview."

  • Thank the potential employer in the second sentence. For example: "Thank you for your time and I look forward to working with you in the future."

  • Sleep on it. Before sending your cover letter and resume, take a day or two to let it simmer. You will be able to catch typos and little mistakes this way.

  • Print the cover letter out and sign it. Scan your cover letter and create a PDF of it. Email the signed PDF rather than an unsigned cover letter document.

  • Follow up. You made a promise in the conclusion of your cover letter; you should keep it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Follow the instruction laid out in the advertisement or notice for the job. If the advertisement indicates that salary requirements need to be in the last paragraph, then do that as well. Remember, you are making a first impression. Be respectful and polite.

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