How to Close Your Cover Letter Strong and Land the Interview

August 14, 2013

Career Advice

How to Close Your Cover Letter Successfully

The dreaded cover letter. While some job applicants may find it a waste of time, they should know that time spent on a cover letter is time well spent. After all, this is the one chance recruiters have to hear your real voice and the story beyond the bullet points of your resume. It’s your opportunity to put it all on the line in hopes of landing an interview. You must express why you are a perfect fit for this position at this company at this time. (Hopefully we don’t have to remind you how important it is to TAILOR each cover letter to each application!)

Just like you have to close in an interview, you have to close in a cover letter. It’s not just about wrapping it up — it’s about reiterating your interest in the position and giving one last push toward the finish line. So how do you do it? The Glass Door blog gives five great phrases you can use to close your cover letter. We’re going to share our three favorite sentences here:

1. “If I am offered this position, I will be ready to hit the ground running and help XYZ Company exceed its own expectations for success.” 
A confident end to a letter from a highly-qualified candidate. If you can’t imagine yourself succeeding in this position, how will anyone else? Illustrate how smoothly you’d transition into this opportunity and how your experiences can benefit the company.

2. “I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how my qualifications will be beneficial to your organization’s success.”
This closing statement has the right focus: how you (the candidate) can help them (the company). That’s how you want to phrase most of your interview. It’s now about what they can do for you, but what you can do for them.  Never underestimate that sentiment.

3. “I am very excited to learn more about this opportunity and share how I will be a great fit for XYZ Corporation.”
While a more timid approach, this closer works just fine. It’s a combination of the first two that shows confidence and focus on how your experiences are aligned with the qualities necessary for this position and for this organization to succeed.

Which closing statement is your favorite? Comment below!

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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