Closing Phrases For Cover Letters

Cover Letter Closing Examples

When you're writing a cover letter or sending an email message to apply for a job, it's important to close your letter in as professional a manner as possible. As with any job-related correspondence, it's best to opt for a more formal language and tone — a cover letter is no place for "XOXO," “Cheers,” or even a casual "take care" as a closer.

Cover Letter Closing Examples

The following is a list of letter closing examples that are appropriate for cover letters and other employment-related correspondence, such as thank you notes and/or emails to schedule interviews or pass along references.

  • Sincerely
  • Sincerely yours
  • Regards
  • Best
  • Best regards
  • With best regards
  • Kind regards
  • Yours truly
  • Most sincerely
  • Respectfully
  • Respectfully yours
  • Thank you
  • Thank you for your consideration

Closings Not to Use

A cover letter is a formal correspondence, so it's important not to be too casual or friendly when writing it. Here are some letter closings that are fine to use when emailing or writing to a friend, but are not appropriate to use in a cover letter. 

  • Affectionately
  • Best wishes
  • Cheers
  • Eagerly waiting for a response
  • Fondly
  • Warm regards
  • Warmest regards
  • Warmly
  • Take care
  • Take it easy
  • Have a great day
  • Have a nice day
  • Love
  • Smiles
  • XOXO
  • Yours
  • Yours faithfully
  • Abbreviations (Thx or any other abbreviated word isn't appropriate)
  • Any emoticon (no smiley faces)
  • Sent from my phone (if your phone automatically includes it, you can remove it in the settings)

How to Close the Letter

Follow the closing with a comma. Then, on a new line, put your name.

If you're sending an email, you can add your contact information below your name. For example:

Best regards,

Your Name
Your LinkedIn Profile URL
Your Email Address
Your Phone Number

Whichever sign-off you choose, make sure always to capitalize its first letter.

Set Up an Email Signature

To simplify, you can set up an email signature that includes your contact information.

An email signature will make it easy for correspondents to readily see how to get in touch and saves you the time of typing the information repeatedly.

In your signature, include your LinkedIn profile URL to make it easy for your recipients to view your skills, accomplishments, educational background, and work history. Depending on your field, you may also want to include a link to your Twitter account; if you do so, make sure that your account is professional and appropriate for viewing by potential employers. 

It’s a wise idea, when conducting a job search, to set up an email account (and accompanying address) dedicated solely to this search. Doing so will help to ensure that you don’t miss emails from potential employers who might be interested in interviewing you. It also will allow you to provide a professional-sounding email address on your resume and cover letter; this email address should be comprised simply of your name (Ex. “John_T._Smith” at gmail.com).

Too often, job candidates use their personal email accounts to apply for jobs, often using “cute” email names such as “Crafty_catlady@yahoo.com” or OrcWarrior100@gmail.com.” This casual practice often raises hiring managers, eyebrows, raising red flags about whether a candidate is a serious, qualified applicant for the job to which they are applying.

It’s better to err on the side of safety and separate your professional and personal email accounts.

Find out how to set up a professional email signature, including formatting style and links to help you save a signature in your preferred email program.

Cover letters, whether submitted through email or traditional mail channels, are always the first impression you provide a potential employer. Make sure that this impression is a good one by following the “best practices” outlined in these links so that your cover letter shines.

How to Write a Cover Letter
Having an appropriate close is just one of the many steps required to craft a winning cover letter. Review the links below to find out how to write a cover letter, including what to include in your cover letter, how to write a cover letter, typical cover letter formats, targeted cover letters, and cover letter samples and examples.

More About Cover Letters

Top 10 Cover Letter Writing Tips
Email Cover Letters
Sample Cover Letters

“Finish strong.”

It’s a saying that you’ve probably heard before. However, many people don’t realize it applies to cover letters. Not that I blame them. There’s so much conflicting information out there about whether or not hiring managers even skim cover letters, let alone get to the very end of them.

Here at The Muse, we’re strong believers in the fact that you should write every cover letter as if it’s going to be read from top to bottom. Because if it is—and it likely will be—you’d hate to get tossed in the no pile because you ended with something along the lines of, “whatever, peace out.”

Obviously that’s an exaggeration (I hope!), but there are ways to end your cover letter that will get you nixed from the get-go—and they’re a lot more common than you think. So, in honor of crafting the perfect cover letter, here are three definite don’ts, as well as what to write instead.

1. “I Will Call Your Office in a Week to Schedule an Interview.”

I have no idea where this (threatening) advice originated from, but ending your cover letter like this will not give the impression that you’re a go-getter who takes initiative. It will, however, make you seem egotistical and possibly delusional. This is just not how you get an interview. You want to end by showing that you’re a pulled-together professional, not a demanding child.

Instead

“I welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how I can contribute.”

2. “Through This Position I Hope to Gain a Deeper Understanding Of…”

This sounds polite and pulled together, but it still sends the wrong message. The concluding line could be the last thought you leave with the hiring manager before he or she decides whether or not to call you in for an interview. Think about it: Do you want it to be focused on what they can do for you or what you can do for them? Put yourself in the shoes of the hiring manager and you’ll know it’s the latter.

Instead

“I’m excited to offer my expertise in…”

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3. “I Don’t Like Writing Cover Letters and You Don’t Like Reading Them…”

Again, I don’t blame people for being frustrated about cover letters. Are they necessary or aren’t they? What else is there to talk about if you’re not supposed to write the same stuff that’s in your resume? I get it. But, oh my goodness it does not mean you should submit something like this. This supposed “straight talk” is definitely one way to get attention, but not the right kind. The job application is where you present your best self—and if this is your best self, can you blame the hiring manager for passing?

Instead

Just don’t. Write an actual cover letter. Here’s a template.



You would think sending in a cover letter is better than not sending one in at all, but if you’re just going to phone it in, you’re not doing yourself any favors. In fact, you’re probably wasting your time. So, if you want to reap all those benefits of writing one, make sure you’re giving it your best effort all the way until the end. It’s as easy as the tweaks mentioned above.

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