Writing a cover letter is a great way to make your job application stand out. They give you the opportunity to add extra information. The stuff that you couldn’t fit in your CV. Sometimes employers can’t make a decision based on your CV. So they use cover letters to help them decide whether to invite you to an interview.
But to really write an effective cover letter, you need to make sure you end it strongly. This will leave a lasting impression and bag yourself an interview.
How to end your cover letter
The first part of your cover letter will talk about your achievements, skills, background and qualities. In the main body of your cover letter, you give specific examples of your success. This includes some impressive facts and figures to wow the hiring manager.
But don’t make the mistake of letting the final part of your cover letter fizzle out. Avoid any and all generic or cliche endings.
Examples of generic cover letter endings
“Thank you for taking the time to consider my application and I hope to hear from you soon.”
“I appreciate your consideration of my application and welcome any further questions you may have relating to my experience.”
Best way to end a cover letter
Your final lines of your cover letter should stand out from the crowd. It should show the hiring manager that you’ve poured a lot of effort into the letter. This is your final chance to impress and land an interview.
- Make reference to the specific company
- Be enthusiastic
- Show vision
- Drop in a final wow moment
Make reference to the specific company
Your final lines should talk about this specific company or opportunity. For example, talking about the company’s achievements or plans. This is your chance to show the hiring manager that you want to work for their company specifically.
Don’t let the end of your cover letter fall flat. Make sure it conveys a strong sense of enthusiasm and passion. You want the hiring manager to know how badly you want the role.
Paint a picture for the hiring manager about what you can bring to the company. Envision yourself flourishing in the role – what would success look like?
Drop in a final wow moment
The main body of your cover letter will contain most of the juicy details. But you want to save one final nugget for the end of the letter. This makes sure you leave a lasting impression.
Example of cover letter ending
“Having played a key role in growing our team from 3 to 30 members in the last 3 years, I am extremely confident that I can bring about new levels of growth to Green Motive as you enter your fifth year in business. Furthermore, I am excited by the prospect of working with a company that is setting itself apart with its innovations, and would cherish the opportunity to be a key player in propelling this business into its next phase of growth.”
Just remember, the end of your cover letter isn’t a time for generic cliches. This adds no value to the letter and employers read many generic endings that all blur into one. If you really want to stand out, you need to make sure the ending is tailored to the company. And be sure to show bags of enthusiasm too!
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