The perfect closing sentence of a cover letter

By Robert Half 17/01/2017

Just like the opening sentence of a cover letter, its last sentence is also extremely important. After having read the cover letter, its recipient must get a positive impression of you, and the very last sentence must once again confirm the positive impression that was already formed. For example, if you’ve written a good letter and it has left a positive impression, then the last sentence has to reinforce that good impression. So, when writing a cover letter, you must reflect carefully not only on its opening sentence, but on its closing one as well.

The goal of the closing sentence of a cover letter

You are writing a cover letter because you want to be invited for a job interview. If you are invited for a job interview, then you can discuss the things in your letter and you’re one step closer to your dream job. To ensure that you get that invitation, you must draft the closing sentence of your cover letter in such a way that it gives the recipient of the letter the final push to invite you. So you write a perfect letter that makes a good first impression, and reinforce this positive first impression with a good final sentence.

Do´s for a good closing sentence

When drafting the last sentence of your cover letter, it is important that you always keep in mind that your closing sentence should exude self-assurance.

The last sentence must give the final push to the letter’s recipient, so make sure that you come across as self-assured in the last sentence of your letter and the recipient gets a positive image of you.

In addition, it’s always wise to stick to a standard or oft-used closing sentence when writing the letter, where you mention that you’d be delighted to discuss your cover letter in a personal interview.

Don´ts for a good closing sentence

If you want to be invited for a job interview, it’s best to avoid certain things when writing a good closing sentence.

Firstly, it is important that you come across as self-assured, but it is also important not to come across as too self-assured in the closing sentence of your letter.
If you do so, it might seem arrogant, and that isn’t necessarily positive.

At the same time, it’s important that you not come across as too hesitant, doubtful or uncertain. And finally, because you don´t know the recipient of the cover letter, it is also recommended that you not write an overly personal closing sentence. For example, never address the reader in a too familiar manner, and obviously don’t use first names anywhere in the cover letter.

Examples of closing sentences

Are you writing a cover letter and looking for examples of good last sentences for it? Look at the following examples of good closing sentences and choose one that works for you.

  • Naturally I would be delighted to discuss my cover letter in a personal interview.
  • I look forward to your response.
  • In light of my work experience, I believe that I am the right person for your position. I would thus be pleased to be invited for a personal interview.
  • I would be happy to discuss my cover letter in a personal interview.
  • I would be delighted to be invited for a personal interview, so that I can discuss the contents of this letter face-to-face
  • I would be pleased to discuss my cover letter in a personal interview.

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