What Should an Applicant Do at the End of a Cover Letter?

by Oubria Tronshaw

Cover letters are similar to first dates -- the ending often determines whether or not you'll advance beyond the initial stage. Close your cover letter in a way that makes your potential employer want to know more about you. If you come off as confident and charismatic without seeming pushy and overly familiar, you could wind up in the professional relationship of your dreams.

Say Thank You

Interviewers are typically busy people, so if your potential employer reads your cover letter through to the end, thanks are in order. Write a sentence that expresses your gratitude, such as, “Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to read my cover letter,” or “Your interest in my resume and cover letter is truly appreciated.”

Ask For What You Want

At the end of your cover letter, make your intentions clear. State plainly that you want an interview to show confidence in your abilities and to display excitement about the position. Stay away from passive language, such as, “I look forward to hearing from you,” or “Please contact me at your earliest convenience.” Be proactive by saying something to the effect of “I would love to meet with you to discuss the position in greater detail, and to answer any questions you have about me.”

Make the First Move

Indicate that you’ll make first contact at the close of your cover letter, to keep from having to stalk your email or wait anxiously by the phone. Say something like, “I’ll give you a call next week to set something up. I look forward to speaking with you then,” or, “I’ll contact you in two weeks to schedule an interview. I’m excited about meeting you, and discussing the position and my qualifications at length.”

Honor Your Word

Keep whatever promises you make at the end of your cover letter to show your potential employer that you’re a person of integrity who takes her commitments seriously. If you say you’re going to call on Monday, call on Monday. Remember -- your cover letter and follow-up not only introduces your skills and work history, but they also give a glimpse into your professionalism and work ethic.

Before You Hit Send

Once your cover letter is completed, double check the tone, grammar and spelling to ensure your letter is both interesting and well-written. If you’re sending your cover letter and resume as attachments via email, copy and paste the letter into the body of your email as well. Even if your interviewer is too busy to open the attachment, she’ll get a glimpse of your personality and qualifications just from scanning the email.

About the Author

Oubria Tronshaw specializes in topics related to parenting and business. She received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Chicago State University. She currently teaches English at Harper Community College in the Chicago area.

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