“No one reads a cover letter anymore… stop wasting your time!”
Here’s the truth: in many companies, cover letters still count. And they could mean the difference between getting a job interview, and not.
So take your time. Draft a compelling, WII-FM (from the perspective of the reader: “What’s In It For Me?”) cover letter. Set the right tone, and include quantified content.
Most important: to really impress the recruiter or hiring manager, be sure to include one of these five cover action-inducing, confident cover letter closing statements:
1. I am Very Excited…
“I am very excited to learn more about this opportunity and share how I will be a great fit for XYZ Corporation.”
Strong cover letter closings are enthusiastic and confident. You want the reader to have the impression you are truly passionate about the position and working for their company. This statement will also illustrate your ability to fit into the company culture and how your personality and work ethic is exactly what they’re looking for.
2. I Strongly Believe…
“I strongly believe this is a position where my passion for this industry will grow because of the XYZ opportunities you provide for your employees.”
It’s always a good idea to explain what you find attractive about working for the company and how you want to bring your passions to the table. By doing this, you can illustrate how much thought you dedicated to applying for the position and how much you care about becoming a part of the company.
3. I Will Be Ready…
“I will be ready to hit the ground running and help XYZ Company exceed its own expectations for success.”
By adding this piece to your conclusion, you will be able to add some flare and excitement to your cover letter. The reader will become intrigued by your enthusiasm to “hit the ground running.” Employers look for candidates who are prepared for the position and are easy to train. Therefore, this phrase will definitely raise some curiosity and the reader will want to discover what you have to offer for their company.
4. I Would Appreciate…
“I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how my qualifications will be beneficial to your organization’s success.”
Remember, you want to make it clear in your cover letter how the employer will benefit from your experience and qualifications. You want to also express how your goal is to help the organization succeed, not how the position will contribute to your personal success.
5. I Will Call…
“I will call you next Tuesday to follow up on my application and arrange for an interview.”
The most essential part of your closing is your “call to action” statement. Remember, the purpose of your cover letter is to land an interview. Don’t end your cover letter saying you’ll hope to get in touch. Explain to the reader the exact day and how you will be contacting them. When you state you will be following up with the employer, make sure you do it!
Remember, the closing of your cover letter is the most important element that will help you land your next interview. By crafting a strong, confident, and enthusiastic closing paragraph, you will leave the reader feeling like you could be the best candidate for the position.
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About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a Glassdoor career and workplace expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets. Follow Heather on Twitter!