You’ve worked hard at writing the perfect cover letter. You found the hiring manager’s name, addressed the cover letter to them, introduced yourself, spoke about values alignment and accomplishments that address major pain points. Now, how do you end a cover letter? Is there a way to end it so that you can increase the likelihood you’ll get a call for an interview?
In this article, I’m sharing how you can end your cover letter, including how to ask for a conversation, meeting, or interview so that you’ll get more interview requests.
A Good End to a Cover Letter Starts with a Strong Opening
It’s hard to write about cover letters and not touch on the importance of the fundamentals:
- Addressing the cover letter to the hiring manager by name and not “To Whom It May Concern.”
- Speaking about how your values align with the company’s values. A University of Michigan study proved that discussing fit in your cover letter increases your likeability, makes a better first impression, and gets more interviews.
- Sharing accomplishments and results that address the employer’s biggest pain points. For whatever the company needs most, share results of how you’ve won in similar challenges in the past.
Now that we’ve touched on the basic fundamentals to writing a strong cover letter, we can cover the elements of a good ending to a cover letter.
Here’s an outline for a strong ending to your cover letter:
- Share why you’re interested in making a move.
- Keep it positive.
- Ask for a conversation, call, meeting, or interview.
Why are you looking to make your next career move?
Have you reached the end of growth opportunities in your area of specialization?
Were you released as a result of the effects of the pandemic?
Did your previous company restructure and you were let go as a part of that restructuring?
Career experts will debate whether it’s OK to mention a layoff, restructuring, or the reason for wanting to leave your current place of employment.
I advise mentioning it. The employer will want to know, and they’ll likely ask in an interview. If you let them know in advance, it answers the question and they’ll also know why you’re interested in a role with their company.
Also, check out my newest guide How NOT to Start Your Cover Letter (Plus 7 Examples of What to Say Instead).
To end your cover letter, start with a sentence explaining why you’re ready to make your next career move.
An example may sound like this:
Having excelled at (Current Company), I have reached a senior executive level where my growth options within the corporation are limited – especially within (area you specialize).
Next, keep it positive and forward-focused on your interest in this company and how you can add value.
I am excited about this opportunity to help (Company) continue to evolve, and look forward to the opportunity to speak with you to explore how I can add value.
Finally ask for a conversation, meeting, call, or interview.
Would you be open to a conversation next week?
Put these three together to create your own custom ending for your cover letter.
The benefit is that you can reuse the ending of your cover letter because it will likely be the same as you apply to different roles. As long as you’re customizing the introduction and middle of the cover letter for different openings, you’ll have a strong cover letter.
Here are four examples of how to end your cover letter:
Example cover letter ending #1
Having excelled at (Current Company), I have reached a senior executive level where my growth options within the corporation are limited – especially within (area you specialize). I am excited about this opportunity to help (Company) continue to evolve, and look forward to the opportunity to speak with you to explore how I can add value.
Would you be open to a conversation next week?
Example cover letter ending #2
I am immensely proud of the results that my teams and I have delivered during my (Number) years at (Previous Company). Unfortunately, the pandemic-related travel restrictions were not kind to (Industry), and my role was eliminated last (Date) through a restructuring. I am excited to embrace my next challenge and am very open to relocation.
I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you to explore how I can add value. Can we schedule a conversation for next week?
Example cover letter ending #3
I am grateful for the opportunities that (Previous Company) has provided me to (name three areas you’ve excelled). However, due to a significant restructuring, my position was eliminated in (Date), and I am now energized to pursue my next challenge. I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you to see how I would lead the next stage of evolution for (Company). Can we schedule a call for next week?
Example cover letter ending #4
I am excited to explore growth opportunities and my next new challenge. I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you to see how I can add value to (Company). Would you be open to a call next week?
The last example cover letter ending is best if you’d rather not share why you’re interested in making a career move.
You simply state your excitement about new possibilities and ask for the interview.
If you need more help writing a cover letter—including discovering the four must-haves for writing a Want more cover letter help? Download my newest guide How NOT to Start Your Cover Letter (Plus 7 Examples of What to Say Instead).
Also, check out these three cover letter strategies that would guarantee you an interview for that perfect-fit position. One of these strategies alone doubles your chances for an interview but put all three together and you’ve multiplied the chances you’ll get interviewed by 10.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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